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Category: Islands, Local time: 04:31:07, Altitude: 926m

Stromboli is a small island of volcanic origin covering an area of 12,2 km2. It is one of the Lipari Islands that belong to Italy and are situated north of Sicily. The island of Stromboli got its name in the Ancient Greek times. It was named after its cone-like shape – "strombos". The island is constituted by a volcano of the same name.

The Volcano

The Stromboli volcano rises to 3000 m from the sea bed and its height above the sea level is 926 m. The Stromboli volcano has been active for more than 2500 years. It is also one of the few constantly erupting volcanos on the Earth, and that is why it can be found on the UNESCO World Heritage Sites list. Most of the eruptions are minor in form – the volcano throws out glowing lumps to up to 150 metres of height. The Stromboli volcano erupts regularly in the intervals of 10-20 minutes. In a similar way like the volcano called Vulcano, Stromboli also gave name to one type of volcanic eruption. Because of the frequent eruptions, the island has never been very populated. Currently, there are two villages on the island - Stromboli and Ginostra, which have become important tourist resorts. Despite the tourist trade, the Stromboli town is a traditional place with narrow alleys and white houses.

Pizzo o Sopra la Fossa

The main tourist destination of the Stromboli island is the summit of Pizzo o Sopra la Fossa (918 m asl) , the perfect place to watch the volcanic eruptions. The more courageous visitors can join the local guides and mount all the way to the top for an unforgettable view and eruption experience. Because the climb is very challenging, warm clothes are recommended as it can get very cold at Pizzo o Sopra la Fossa after dark. The less courageous visitors have the possibility to admire eruptions from the Punta Labronzo tavern and relax a little. To liven up their stay, tourists can also watch eruptions after sunset. Besides adventure, the Stromboli island also offers black sand beaches.

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GPS: 38.7932, 15.2164
Altitude: 849 m
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Last update: 2012-10-11 13:46:48

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