Stromboli – a home to one of three active volcanoes of Italy
Stromboli is a part of the Aeolian archipelago and one of the most visited places in Sicily. It has been known for centuries as the Mediterranean Lighthouse due to its ideal location between the Italian mainland and Sicily.
The island of Stromboli is home to an active volcano which has been in a continuous state of eruption for years. As a result, countless people make their way to the island every single year for an opportunity to see and feel an active volcano in person. Italy has just three active volcanoes and Stromboli is one of them (other include Etna and Vesuvius).
Stromboli, Aeolian Islands, Sicily, Italy by blucolt
Considered to be one of the most beautiful of the Aeolian Island group, Stromboli has attracted millions of visitors to its shores in recent years.
The whitewashed homes of the island give you that truly Mediterranean vibe while the black sand beaches are warm and inviting.
Stromboli, Aeolian islands, Sicily by Jean-François Gornet
There are several beaches that can be found on the island. Although most people make their way to Stromboli to view the active volcano, many still take the time to relax along the shores of the island.
There are no major archaeological sites that can be found on the island although some artefacts have been uncovered over the years.
Sunset above Stromboli, Aeolian Islands, Sicily, Italy (as seen from Capo Vaticano (Calabria, Italy) by Marco Lazzaroni
While there have been a number of incidents in recent years that have sent the people fleeing from the island, it is still possible to take a guided tour down into the crater of the active volcano when the conditions are good.
It is important to remember that there are continuous earthquakes on the island and in 2002 a small tsunami was created as a result of the volcanic activity.
Stromboli, Aeolian islands, Sicily by Thilo Hilberer
There are several companies that offer guided tours into the crater of the active volcano on Stromboli. But for the most part though, people tend to only ascend to the 400 meter point of the volcano where you can see the Sciara del Fuoco; the steady stream of red hot lava flowing away from the crater.
From here you will even be able to watch the lava explosions that occur between two and three times every single hour.
Vulcano Goats on Stromboli (near Sciara del Fuoco), Aeolian Islands, Sicily, Italy by Stefan
There are several hotels as well as a number of restaurants that can be found on the island. There are also a few dive shops that provide equipment rentals for those who plan on going diving at several popular dive spots that can be found in the waters that surround the island.
The island is regularly serviced by both ferry and hydrofoil throughout the peak season and you can get there from Milazzo.