Volcanoes of Sicily and the aeolian islands listed as UNESCO Heritage Sites
Why not do it?
(English translation by David Winch)
Part 2 – STROMBOLI
I am proposing a few small hikes of varying degrees of difficulty, to let you see new things, get some fresh air and relax a bit. Don’t forget: doing nothing is bad for your health. Here’s hoping you have fun hiking in pleasant and sunny weather.
Stromboli is a continuously active volcano. Its activity has been uninterrupted for 3,000 years. It explodes and booms every 20 minutes, day and night. It constantly spits out gas and dust. Following the great explosion of 1930, the island was depopulated, dropping from 4,000 to 400 people. More recently, the explosion of 2003, which caused damage to Ginestra, forced authorities to close access to the volcano until 2005 and to regulate it (equipment, helmet and guide required) thereafter.
Departure is best around 17h to reach the summit at sunset and see the spectacle of the volcano at night. The climb is steep but the guide sets the pace and goes up slowly, while making small stops and giving explanations about flora (capers, broom shrub, etc).
You arrive at the limit of the vegetation in 1 hour 20 minutes and at the summit in 2 hours 30 minutes. The show at the edge of the crater can begin. Unforgettable. The guide leads us back to Earth and starts the descent lighted by lamps on a path of lava sand (easy on the knees, thank you!). But lots of dust!
You can return in 1 hour 30 minutes for a total hike of 4 hours. And a change in altitude of about 920 metres.
Don’t forget to wear good hiking boots and weather-suitable clothing.