Passengers traveling by ferry to Stromboli have the unique opportunity to explore the most famous of the eight Aeolian Islands, a volcanic arc north of Sicily!
Stromboli, facing the Tyrrhenian Sea, offers an unforgettable experience that can never be missed if you are planning to visit Sicily or the nearby islands. It is said that the name derives from the Greek word “Strongyle” which means “round” due to the shape of the volcano. Being a colony of Lipari, the first establishment in the island dates back to the 16th century and the main occupation of the residents was fishing and agriculture. Τhe cultivation of olives and vines as well as the wealth of marine life, provided the island with the main source of economy, since there were no hunting grounds and land of pasture. During the 18th century, the sea connection of Naples to Sicily increased the island's popularity since a large number of ships made very frequent itineraries. The permanent residents became much more numerous and the island gained vitality and prosperity until the next century, when the railway that connected Naples and Reggio Calabria was constructed.Τhe navy lost the first place in the movement of citizens and consequently the income of the residents decreased.
In 1930, after a major eruption of the volcano, followed by a tsunami, most of the farmers migrated to America and Australia and the island was almost abandoned until 1950 when Roberto Rossellini filmed the movie “Stromboli Land of God”. Later on, Stromboli was repopulated and gained prosperity. Although the volcano is still active with several eruptions, the residents are now used to it because this is the main attraction of the island.
Nowadays, Stromboli, rising from the Mediterranean, has become one of the most visited islands in Italy, with a great number of tourists who wish to climb to the crater.
Today there are two villages on the northeast part of the island, San Bartolo and San Vicenzo, but the most visited is Ginostra on the southwest, with basic facilities for tourists. Both are worth visiting for different reasons.
Τhe truth is that the motivation for someone to visit the island also called “Lighthouse of the Mediterranean” is the Volcano but it can be combined with swimming, sunbathing, snorkeling, island hopping and other activities.
If you are willing to visit this impressive place you can just visit our website, be informed about the prices and schedules and book your ferry tickets in advance.
Book your ferry to Stromboli in advance and have a delightful holiday in Italy!