My partner and I are planning to do a road trip through Italy in October. We would like to stay in Sicily for a few days and visit Stromboli while we're there or before we go to Sicily. We have some questions to which we couldn't find a clear answer (we don't speak Italian, so a lot of information on the internet about visiting Stromboli and how to get there is difficult for us to understand). If someone could answer some of our questions, we would be very grateful!
1) We would like to do an excursion by night to see the eruptions. Is this possible in October? And to do this, should we stay on Stromboli overnight or are there boats that return at night? And what are the prices for the boats and the excursions?
2) Should we search for boats departing from Sicily, or from the Italian mainland (for example Tropea)? And if we have to stay overnight at Stromboli: can we park our car somewhere safe?
3) Is the chance that we won't be able to see the eruptions (thanks to bad weather, for example) high in October?
Thanks a lot!
Maybe it's also good to know that we are a young couple, so we don't have a lot of money...