Blog/Blog 2018Thursday September 20th, 2018

Climbing the Stromboli volcano

After a long while, I returned to Stromboli, in the Aeolian archipelago north of Sicily. Stromboli is the northernmost one of the seven sisters and a small island, basically a cone shaped volcano with a ring of black sand all around. The volcano is the island and viceversa. Stromboli is worldwide famous because of the love story between swedish actress Ingrid Bergman and director Roberto Rossellini while they were on the island to film “Stromboli Land of God” back in 1950. Nowadays you can still walk by their house while in Stromboli.

These last days the normal volcano activity has been more intense. That’s why I decided to climb the volcano to attend at the magnificent show from very close to where it all happens. Climbing the volcano is a pretty hard task and you need to be in a good shape to even attempt it. At the end of 3 tiring hours of trekking you’ll get to reach the 916 meters, the top to the volcano where, if the visibility is good, you can have a bird’s eye view over the other Aeolian islands, as well as Milazzo, on the northern coast of Sicily and the gate to the Aeolian islands. Normally, in this season, September, you leave with the rest of the group, around 4 pm to be on the top around 7, just in time for the sunset and dark hours when you get the most out of the show. Descending it is difficult as well as you sink in the soft black sand which forms the slopes of the volcano. To ascend to the top is only possible with authorized guides and with organized tours. If you get caught beyond the 400 meters without an official guide, you’ll get fined with 500 Euros. There are several tour operators with the permissions to arrange the trekking. I choose www.ilvulcanoapiedi.it/ since I had good reviews about them. I found very good guides, very flexible with our needs. Just an humble suggestion. Even if you have good trekking shoes, rent a pair and leave your shoes at the base camp. After almost 6 hours of trekking on those black rocks and sand, your shoes won’t look the same. It’s like they went trough an aging process and you may want to get a new pair as soon as possible. Anyway…

The pictures I post here, are part of my experience in Stromboli, not only about the climbing but the whole island as well. Hope you’ll like them!

Stromboli, Sicily – approaching the top of the volcano

 

Stromboli, Sicily – approaching the top of the volcano

 

Stromboli, Sicily – approaching the top of the volcano

 

Stromboli, Sicily – approaching the top of the volcano

 

Stromboli, Sicily – approaching the top of the volcano

 

Stromboli, Sicily – approaching the top of the volcano

 

Stromboli, Sicily

 

Stromboli, Sicily – eruption

 

Stromboli, Sicily – people with headlight arriving at the top while, in the background, the coast of Milazzo, in the distance

 

Stromboli, Sicily – eruption

 

Stromboli, Sicily – eruption

 

 

Stromboli, Sicily

 

Stromboli, Sicily

 

Stromboli, Sicily

 

Stromboli, Sicily

 

Stromboli, Sicily – Strombolicchio, a landmark rock off the coast of Stromboli

 

Stromboli, Sicily – Strombolicchio, a landmark rock off the coast of Stromboli

 

Stromboli, Sicily – house of Roberto Rossellini and Ingrid Bergman

 

Stromboli, Sicily – house of Roberto Rossellini and Ingrid Bergman

 

Stromboli, Sicily

 

Stromboli, Sicily

 

Stromboli, Sicily

 

Stromboli, Sicily – an old small cemetery at the end of Spiaggia Lunga where are buried people who died of Cholera at the beginning of 1900

 

Stromboli, Sicily – a local house

 

Stromboli in a videoclip

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