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  • © flickr user- castgen
  • © flickr user- Lars Kjolhede Christensen
  • © flickr user- Luca Moglia
  • © flickr user- Mauro Orlando
  • © flickr user- Thilo Hilberer
  • Nighttime eruptions of Stromboli  - © flickr user- Jose Miguel
  • Nighttime eruptions of Stromboli  - © flickr user- Jose Miguel
  • Stromboli On Fire, shot from Capo Vaticano (Calabria, Italy)  - © flickr user- Marco Lazzaroni

Key information: Stromboli

  • Spectacular volcanic island off the north coast of Sicily, which has been continuously erupting for over 2,000 years.
  • Evening walk up the volcano's flanks to see craters spewing extraordinary volcanic bombs.
  • See the sun set over the Tyrrhenian Sea.
  • At the summit, you can view 6 active craters.
  • Joining a group of around 20 is compulsory.

Walkopedia rating

  • Walkopedia rating84
  • Beauty32
  • Natural interest19
  • Human interest2
  • Charisma33
  • Negative points2
  • Total rating84
  • Note: Neg: have to go in organised groups.

Vital Statistics

  • Length: 6hrs
  • Maximum Altitude: 924m
  • Level of Difficulty: Strenuous

This walk description page is at an early stage of development, and will be expanded over time. Your comments on this walk, your experiences and tips, and your photos are very welcome.

Nighttime eruptions of Stromboli  - © flickr user- Jose Miguel


With its towering volcano, black beaches, small population and buildings made of volcanic rock, Stromboli is no average touristy island. It can be a risky place to visit: visitors have been killed (hence the requirement to be guided up its slopes); in 2002/03, eruptions, landslides and tidal waves caused a lot of damage, including to Stromboli village, and forced the island to be closed to tourists for months.

Weather permitting, you start climbing the volcano in the early evening, part of a guided group of around 20. It is now non-negotiable that you are accompanied, after some unnecessary tourist deaths, where they unwittingly found themselves in places known amongst locals and guides to be in the line of lava fire.

On the way up, you pass through varied vegetation before reaching the barren upper flanks of ash and rock. You should get a beautiful sunset over the Tyrrhenian Sea, and, at the main crater, see volcanic bombs - lava being blasted high into the air, a mesmerising experience. The peak, with its view over six of the eight craters, is another 300m above.

The return journey will be in the dark, so, armed with head torch and masks against the volcanic dust, you will make a the careful walk back down to the village.

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© flickr user- Luca Moglia

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Stromboli On Fire, shot from Capo Vaticano (Calabria, Italy)  - © flickr user- Marco Lazzaroni...

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