The island of Stromboli is the northernmost of the seven islands in the Aeolian archipelago; it can be reached from Naples, Palermo and Milazzo, via ferry or hydrofoil.
Stromboli is an active volcano of about 3000 meters; 924 m are above sea level, the rest is submerged; it has an area of 12.5 square kilometers, and two inhabited villages, Stromboli and Ginostra north-east and south-west, respectively.
Like the other Aeolian islands, Stromboli has been declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO and has always been a reference point for volcanologists and enthusiasts worldwide; after the 2002 eruption, a network of high-tech monitoring of volcanic activity was set up, making it one of the most monitored volcanoes in the world.
In addition to climbing to the top of the volcano you can also take a magnificent 3-hourwalk, independently, without a guide, alongthe scenic trail that winds, after a first ascent, along the hillside, until you get to a height of about 400 meters above sea level; from here you have breathtaking views of the Sciara del Fuoco, the north and east craters the sunset, and the incredible explosions.
Along the trails, you can admire magnificent landscapes, discover a variety of endemic plants and, if you’re lucky, the many different species of birds that nest on the island, such as the peregrine falcon and raven or, in spring and autumn. As you walk around the picturesque streets of the village in the alleys amidst the white houses surrounded by gardens filled with plants and flowers of every color you will unexpetedly come out at one of the many typical coves formed of volcanic rock and black sand..