Stromboli is located in the north of the Aeolian Islands archipelago of which it is a part. The island is volcanic in origin and in a constant activity, the volcano is called “Iddu” or the black giant and is about 2,400 meters high between cone and bottom.
The island was the agricultural colony of Lipari (municipality of which it is still a part) that was inhabited only during the sowing and harvesting period. This lasted until the 16th century B.C., when the first human settlement arose in the Contrada San Vincenzo that still exists today.
Strong winds favored the establishment of a fleet of 65 sailing ships, which traveled throughout the Mediterranean Sea, favoring Naples over Sicily. When steam ships were built, the island began to suffer a severe economic crisis, made worse by the succession of very frequent volcanic eruptions. When in 1930 a violent tidal wave dumped waves as high as 30 meters on the island, the population (then about 5,000 people), decided to leave their homes for Australia.
Today about 400 inhabitants remain on the island to keep alive the island economy and island life that we frequent in the summer.
Stromboli compared to other islands in the archipelago offers alternatives to chic aperitifs: groups are organized daily to climb the volcano until 11 p.m., supervised by an experienced guide. In addition, in Scari one can embark to see the Sciara del fuoco directly from the sea or participate in exciting fishing trips.