It is the farthest and most easterly of the Aeolian Islands. The ancients called it Strongyle, the round one.
The small town, located around the sandy tip of Lena where you land either in Ficogrande or San Vincenzo, forming a single village, is well worth a visit.
The second town, Ginostra, is a small village along the south-east coast reachable only by sea. The village, which has about thirty inhabitants, lies on a steep slope where the few houses, still today, preserve the traditional Aeolian architecture.
It is important to say that Stromboli is the only volcano in Europe and one of the few in the world that is always erupting. Its volcano is about 920 meters high and the seabed is very deep (1200 m). Its inhabitants call it “Iddu” (Him), to show that the volcano is one of them, like a very dear person or entity, as if to exorcise the fact of living at the foot of an active volcano. The island’s marine landscape is rich in caves, including the cave of Aeolus. Other highlights are also the Strombolicchio, a rock to the north that rises steeply about 56 meters above the Tyrrhenian Sea, and the Sciara del Fuoco, a steep wall along which the red-hot material slides into the sea.
The latter, to be seen at night, can only be reached by sea.
At night, its intermittent flashes can be seen from a great distance. That’s why the island has been called the “Beacon of the Tyrrhenian Sea.”