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A good observation post for the nightly fire magic is the Trattoria at the old navystation Punta Labronzo (ca 30 walking minutes from Stromboli's urban district San Bartolo away).
Here the narrow path to the 926 m high Stromboli mountain summit starts. For the walking to the top on late afternoon you should calculate 3-4 hours of hicking.
Clowds, fog and wind witch blows the vulcanic gases to the observation points, change the mountaintop region in a few minutes into a toxic steamkitchen, where the navigation is very difficult or entirely impossible.
All 20 min until to 1 hour the Stromboli throws out a fire fountain into the starry night sky as a grandiose spectacle. For this, Stromboli belongs to the activest and most dangerous volcanos of the world.
|Airshot with route to the summit:
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Sleeping on the Stromboli volcano summit:
In a starry night it may get very cold. Therefore a good equipment, a warm sleeping bag and enough to drink are necessary.
For a possibly required nightly emergency descent a strong flashlight is needed. Normally, the glowing lava boulders are flying away from the spectators into the Sciara del Fuoco on the opposite side of the mountain the viewers.
Approximately 1 to 2 times a year there is a much stronger eruption.
The lava then shoots with tremendous force into the sky and can also fall down towards Stromboli village.
The photo on the right shows the Inverno a few minutes after the giant volcanic outburst from the viewpoint Punta Labronzo.
To reduce the risk, you can nowadays book a tour to Stromboli summit only with an experienced mountain guide. A stay overnight on the summit of Stromboli is not possible anymore, all guided groups go down before midnight again.
The climbing up to Stromboli summit is severely restricted after several heavy accidents and allowed only if accompanied by an official guide.
Guided tours are weather dependant held almost daily, reservations will be accepted in the small tourist office on the church square of San Vicenzo.
The guided groups start in the late afternoon to stay at dusk on the observation points and descent at night again.
During the summer season, there are also tours starting after midnight and descend in the early morning.
Staying overnight on the summit of Stromboli is no longer allowed.
Photo above: © Wolfgang Mueller, Via Belfiore 8, Stromboli
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