Stromboli – Active Volcanoes And Amazing Views

“Beauty of style and harmony and grace and good rhythm depend on simplicity.” Plato

The main reason I went to stay on the island of Lipari is to make the day trip to Stromboli.  Stromboli is one of the Aeolian islands just north of Sicily.  Despite being in an almost constant state of eruption for nearly 2000 years, there are two towns on the island that are built in areas where the lava simply doesn’t flow.

You can only really go to the top in a tour group due to regulations where you can get in big trouble.  I decided to go ahead and pay for a tour while on Lipari and we headed out late in the morning.  We stopped at another island on the way over to grab some lunch and then made our way to Stromboli.  We paid for admission to the park, got our helmets, and then started the climb.

I’ve hiked and climbed quite a bit, but this climb was pretty exhausting.  The group had about 20 people and we wound our way back and forth along the side of the mountain. The sun started to set as we closed in on the top.  We heard a couple of loud pops, one that sounded like a cannon firing.  The air was extra humid so there was a lot more smoke than usual, but it was still amazing.

The trip down was pretty crazy.  The first 45 minutes of the descent was basically a controlled slide through sand and loose rock.  It would have been even more fun if my legs hadn’t been wiped out and we were doing it in the dark via flashlight.

I’m so glad I did the trip and would absolutely do it again someday.  Enjoy the photos from my trip.

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