Stromboli Excursion: volcano excursions from Stromboli Island

Stromboli is a tiny island located in the north of Sicily. Stromboli is amongst the world’s most active volcanoes and is famous for its usually small, but often explosions that throw out glowing lava from various vents found on the crater summit. This action has been taking place for the last 2000 years, on condition that there is a written reminiscence of the activity, which the island borrowed its name from, the alleged strombolian activity. Stromboli is a stratovolcano with a height of 2400 meters rising from the seabed of which 924 meters are above sea level. Stromboli covers 12.5 SQ. Km and is approximately 25 times lesser than the submarine base of the volcano. The island is part of the Aeolian Islands which are volcanic in nature and have been listed in UNESCO’s World Heritage listing for their invaluable geological importance.

Touring Stromboli

Visiting the Stromboli volcano can be an exceptionally gratifying experience. Renowned for its regular fireworks ever since the ancient times, Stromboli is among the very few volcanoes in the globe that have near-regular action. It provides visitors with a comparatively easy access to viewpoints where you can observe the fireworks from a secure proximity. Also, the Stromboli Island with its predominantly addictive charisma is always worth to visit. Encircled by the sea, superb black-sand beaches and gorgeous white houses with green gardens, Stromboli presents an ideal panorama for a quiet vacation.

Touring Stromboli
stromboli village

Stromboli village

This large village which is termed locally is ‘Stromboli’ though various districts have their names, starting with Scari, the main arrival point for the island. There is a dock for ferries and boats surrounded by places for purchasing refreshments. Kiosks for advertising ferry tours and volcano excursions line up the sea front and the lane going up to the centre of Stromboli village. At night the Stromboli streets of are not lit up by streetlights, hence if you are touring this place for several days bring with you a torch.


Ginostra is a small village found on opposite side of Stromboli on the south-western coast. These two villages were joined by a path which surrounded the volcano; however, landslide activities and neglect led to its desertion, thus unless the road is restored, Ginostra will remain to be reached by boat only. Life in Ginostra is straightforward with only a few shops and restaurants. Donkeys are one of the main transport modes. The settlement got connected to electric power in 2004. The atmosphere is peaceful, and there are no beaches in Ginostra; however, you can bathe on the rocky shores.

Stromboli Ginostra

Safety and life in Stromboli

Since Stromboli is still an active volcano, safety is not assured. Crater walks can be called off any time when the volcanic or weather conditions are considered hazardous. Lava flows down to the Sciara del Fuoco slope, away from the settlements when volcanic eruptions occur. Stromboli is categorised amongst the world’s most toured volcanoes because of the pivotal position and its constant state of activity. In spite of its dynamic volcanic nature and rough and steep mountain slopes, Stromboli is endowed with vegetation that is rich in endemic plants, such as the Centaurea aeolica and Cytisus aeolicus. Stromboli is also a habitat for various bird species, and it is not rare to see hoopoes, peregrine falcons and other atypical birds. During spring different migratory birds’ species visit Stromboli while they are on their migratory passage. If you have binoculars during your excursion, it is ideal for bird watching. Usually on the Aeolian Islands, the locals at the ports meet the boats and ferries, providing holiday homes to let.

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