The main reason people travel to Stromboli is to see the live Volcano. I can list a dozen other reasons to visit this island but the volcano is something I would want to see every day, again and again.
It is an easy walk from the town, which should be made just before dusk. TAKE A TORCH if you do not have one, hire one from the camping shop near the church. If you are a wealthy traveler and like the company of tour guides they will show you the way and provide a torch but this really is not necessary. We strolled around the island with a few locals and walked up to the edge of the volcano on sunset. The volcano will erupt every fifteen minuets and there is a pizza restaurant at the base of the volcano, which has fantastic views if you get a table outside.
There are numerous cruises that go out to the volcano, Stromboli, to watch it erupt, and it does so about every 20 minutes. You're pretty much guaranteed to see smoke coming out, but the chances of seeing the lava gushing out are not nearly as good as the ads make it sound.
Around halfway up the path to the summit of the volcano (about 45 minutes up - where it is still safe to walk unguided) you really begin to hear the deep volcanic rumble. You can also see the Trail of Fire which is where the lava from the volcano falls down to the sea. It is apparently great at night on a boat trip although during the day it appears as a dangerous grey mountainside. Don't forget to bring water and head covering, it gets really hot!!
The island is captivating and its just amazing walking around the tiny streets enjoying sea views and the flowers. I walked anti-clockwise out of the main town area past Ficogrande towards the path to the volcano.
Because of the volcanic activity the beaches on Stromboli are made of glittery black sand. They are beautiful to look at and heat up well in the sun but only appear black in photos. Try the beach at Ficogrande.
STromboli is a volcanic island and its centrepoint is its active volcano. You can see smoke coming out during the daytime and lava at night. The eruptions are so regular that there is a scientific term "Strombolian activity" named after the volcano. It also means this volcano is less dangerous than Mt. Etna where the build-up of volcanic gases has lead to explosions. It is against the law to go to the summit without a registered guide (we just walked halfway) and there is an office in town from which you can take part in an evening guided walk. You will need good footwear, water and a good torch. If you do go it alone be warned, people have died by taking risks such as sleeping at the crater overnight.
and never look at "him".....
if you are not brave enough to climb....
go to the observatory,a 40 min walk...
the ancient observatory,today,bar restaurant.
you'll see the eruptions,of course without the summit!
take a electric torch to come back in the night!
arriving on stromboli i first didn't exactly know what i had to expect from the hiking trip up to the craters... and now: IT WAS JUST WONDERFUL.
we started our tour around 4pm and it took us about 3 hours.
The path is very rough, particularly on the way up, and in a group it takes at least three hours of strenuous walking. Basic equipment includes sturdy hiking boots, sun protection, wind protection for the top, flashlight for the descent in the dark and food. Guides advise to take at least one litre of drinking water.
Please allow us a word of caution: We are well aware that every year thousands of tourists climb Stromboli (illegally) on their own, and some spend all night on the summit. We are in no position to discuss the rules and laws regulating the climbing of Stromboli.
Please note, however, that any of the following things may very rapidly turn a seemingly harmless summer hike into a nightmare: The weather may change within minutes, even in summer, and fog or thunderstorms can start when least expected. Despite what «experienced» Stromboli excursionists may tell you: Explosions can throw huge bombs on Pizzo. There are no visible precursors (warning signs) prior to these events. If you want further details, here are reports on accidents relating to Stromboli and unusual eruptions. Finally there may not be another group ahead of you which you can follow down. But there are vertical cliffs near the paths in several locations.
if you aren't able to climb stromboli or if you just want to see how it is: then climb stromboli virtually. (but of course: whenever possible, do it in real, it's worth it)
you can choose between two routes: the standard route and the one from ginostra. you will be shown beautiful pictures and maps and infos.
it's just great, use the web-address below and enjoy it...
When the sun slowly goes down, take a moment for you.
Stop on one of the terrace of a bar near the beach.
Get your preferred drink, and relax,
watching the teens dancing on the jetty.
(I will have to consult my holiday notes to remember the name of this church).
There are some beautiful churches on the island as you walk upward through the tiny streets.