Let’s continue our trip in the Mediterranean sea. After the most beautiful Croatian islands, the last Greek paradise and the exotic island of Djerba, today we make a stop in Stromboli, the volcano island. Stromboli has been immortalized both as the spot where Jules Verne’s adventurers popped out at the end of their Journey to the Center of the Earth, and as the site and title of the 1950 Rossellini film Stromboli. This island is full of mistery and telluric forces, being one of the most magical spots in the world.
Imaging you are enjoying the beauty of the Mediterranean sea, in a boat that apparetly sails to nowhere when suddenly a conical mountain rises from the blue waters, with smoke trailing from the summit and a tiny, whitewashed community of cube houses clinging to one side where some 400 hardy souls live. You are in Stromboli.
The volcano is the star of the island, obviously, which makes Stromboli a perfect destination for the most adventurous travellers. There are three active craters at the peak, scary right? A significant geological feature of the volcano is the Sciara del Fuoco, a big horseshoe-shaped depression generated in the last 13,000 years by several collapses on the northwestern side of the cone. You can watch this amazing beauty every night, just rent one of the boats that leave the harbour at sunset.
The black sand beaches of Stromboli, the delicious swordfish dishes, the olive trees around the church of San Vincenzo and San Bartolo and the Greek necropolis tombs will make you forget the incandescent glow of the volcano for a while. Ginostra, at the other end of the island, is a small village where electricity could be reached only through solar panels. Peaceful, charming and next to the port of Pertuso, it could be the perfect place to spend some days in the most amazing atmosphere. There is a little bed & breakfast called Mare Sole where you will enjoy the simplest but loveliest pleasures of life, like breakfasts with amazing views.
What do you think? Have you ever been there? Would you visit a volcano island? I think I would be super scared the whole time! But it would be such an interesting place to visit! And that breakfast looks amazing!