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Stromboli is a strato volcano which rises from the seabed to a height of 2400 meters, 924 of which are above sea level. The island covers 12.5 sq km and is 25 times smaller than the volcano's base area under sea level. Stromboli is a part of the Eolian Islands, all of which are volcanic in origin, and have been included on UNESCO's World Heritage List for their priceless geological value.
Stromboli is one of the world's most visited volcanoes due to its relative accessibility on foot, and its constant form of activity over the last 3000 years. Despite its active volcanic nature and its harsh and rocky mountainside, the island is host to a rich and endemic vegetation, such as the Cytisus aeolicus and the Centaurea aeolica. It is also host to different bird species which nest here and it is not uncommon to see a Raven, an Hoopoe or a Peregrine. In spring Stromboli is a heaven for various species of migratory birds as it is situated on their migratory passage route; with a binocular it is perfect for birdwatching.
Following the volcano’s intense activity starting in 2002, with the tsunami and violent eruption of 2003, access was closed for two years, and reopened in March 2005, with new regulations and reorganization of the trail network, implemented by the Department of Civil Defence and the Sicilian Regional Authority’s State Forestry Office. There is free access to trails under 400 metres asl. Above this, visitors must be accompanied by licensed mountain or volcano guides. Access to the volcano is along a newly-designed path created in December 2004, which is safer and more practical than previously used paths.
New regulations (for information:
www.protezionecivile.it - COA - Civil Defence Advanced Operations Centre, tel. 090/986183) allow a limited number of participants: no more than 80 persons can visit the crater of the volcano at any one time. Before setting off, the guide provides the Advanced Operations Centre and Stromboli Carabinieri Station with a list of names of the persons accompanied, the route, the time of departure and estimated time of return.
Consequently, to improve excursion organization, it is necessary to book as soon as possible, by email:email@example.com or by telephone, calling 090/9865768.