Our visit to the island of Stromboli was for one purpose and one purpose only. To climb it and see the much anticipated lava spurts of a still active volcano.
The island IS the volcano and has 2 small villages built into the mountain side on the opposite side of the crater, There are signs throughout the island that inform on the actions to take incase of eruption and/or tsunami and the islanders live their lives day to day in the shadow of a lava spurting monster. Will there be another major eruption, well yes of course their will be, no one knows when...........Behind our little apartment the puffs of smoke every 20 mins or so constantly reminded you of its presence.
We made several stops on route, one to taste some figs from a bush that was growing at the side of the path. I found them delicious (albeit minus the nice bit of melted brie that would have made them perfect) but Chris didnt like them at all really.
After a lovely meal of pizza it took us quite a time to come down from the adrenalin rush that was our Stromboli trek. A trip to remember and worth every penny, even if our guides weren't the best the experience was amazing............
21 September 2013
15 September 2013
Having landed on the island of Vulcano a few days into our Italian Adventure the towering peak stood proudly behind our hotel and was just begging to be climbed. At random moments of the day you could see plumes of sulphur escaping from different bit of the mountain and I couldn't wait to get up there so we could see the crater for ourselves.