Stromboli is a small island in the Tyrrhenian Sea, containing one of the four active volcanos in Italy. It is one of the Aeolian Islands, a volcanic archipelago north of Sicily. This 924 metre high lava mountain (Serra Vancori) which drops abruptly down to 2000 metres below sea-level is Europe's biggest active volcano after Etna. Its area of 12.6 km2 is visually dominated by the crater: a sort of suggestive natural lighthouse situated in the easternmost Aeolian island. During the night, the glittering “Sciara" of fire (the red-hot flow descending towards the sea) can be seen from the boats and from Panarea.

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During the day, the smoke of the peak joins the steam raising up from the water that cools down the red-hot lava detritus which have plunged into the water after sliding down the slope of the coast. The white houses of the little village create a unique contrast with the black lava background dotted with dark-green bushes. Stromboli Vulcano is in a near-perpetual state of eruption, and all-pervasive.

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It is in the air, painted on the ceramic tiles screwed on to home facades, carved into boutique billboards and lending its name to special dishes on restaurant menus. The locals have a name for it: Iddu, or him. They address it like a living person, and visit it like they would a neighbour - at least they did before the enormous April 2003 explosion that forced the entire island to evacuate for several months. Like in Panarea, tourism has changed the social and economic ecosystem of Stromboli, introducing the locals to a world beyond fishing, viticulture and pumice. Today, fresh fish is still very much de rigueur on every restaurant menu, but chances are the fish you are eating was "imported" from Lipari. And it's not just the fish.

Just about everything else with a (rather steep) price tag comes from the outside (including fresh water); they are shipped in once a week in the winter and thrice weekly throughout the summer months. And while few things are more idyllic than the Stromboli fish merchant who drives his three-legged Piaggio through the narrow streets yelling "pesce fresco," the fact is that there are only seven commercial fishermen left on the island, the youngest of whom is 38. The rest of the inhabitants run hotels and restaurants or rent out their homes for the summer and head to northern Italy. Stromboli Stromboli is a bit rougher but offers some impressive sights of the red-hot lava glowing volcano as well. Make sure you get a guide, because although a lot of people try to make the trip on their own, it remains a dangerous business.



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The Vulcano erupts round and about every 18 minutes Stromboli is one of the most spectacular active volcanoes in the world. A small island in the Mediterranean that consists of little more than a big volcano. It's a great hike to the top of the volcano , bu unfortunately is not possible anymore to spend the night there and see volcanic activities in the darkness. Be sure to bring warm clothing, because even in summer it can be really cold and windy at the top. The harbor is in the only town of some size at the foot of the mountain and there are a few shops, restaurants and hotels there. Boats leave for {Lipari} everyday  and {Naples}  during the winter 3 times a week.

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