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Stromboli Volcano
Sicily, Italy
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 14, 2013

We saw Stromboli twice from the ocean during a Cruise. On the way South, we saw it with a mild glow and some steam vents around 5PM. On the way back North, we were lucky to pass by at sunset. The Captain of the Eurodam slowed down so we could get the full effect. Just after sunset, while there was still an orange glow to the twilight sky, we were thrilled to see an eruption, with a bright orange lava ball and fountain come up over the southern rim. We could then see the steam/smoke go down the side of the volcano to the water.

Visited May 2013
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“very impressive”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 7, 2013

very well organized by the local administration for obvious safety reasons due to the numerous files of visitors asking for such trekking.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 3, 2013

This was an incredible experience, first the 3+ hour trek to the 918m mark which was not exactly a stroll in the park and was accomplished with a certain sense of achievement and then the unending fire works display put on for our benefit by the volcano was a once in a lifetime event. Stromboli gave us the most amazing display the main vent sent of a continuous blaze of fireworks with a huge blast every 15 to 20 minutes and the four other glowing craters we could see sent of the odd loud blast and shower of molten lava, stunning.

The hike is really tough and although we started at 18:00 it was still very hot, the recommended 1litre of water is not enough,could have used another. Although most people found the going down a lot easier, I didn't. The downward slope is very steep and the soft sand is very tiring on aching muscles and it is dark.

It is very important to have a guide that speaks a language you understand, we didn't and it put a slight damper on the experience. We were put off going with Megatrek by previous reviews so we chose to go with Stromboli Adventures. The young lady who sold us our tickets was really charming and conversed with us in almost fluent English and with the couple ahead of us in what sounded like fluent French, she said our guide would be able to speak some English but not French. We were the last group to leave and I heard two groups with Megatrek guides getting their briefing in English and one group with a German guide. Our Guide Antonio (Antonino) could or would not speak a word of English, with the result that we did not have a safety briefing and if we did anything that we had not been briefed on, he would hiss at us or beckon to us as if we were dogs, the most arrogant guide you could ever wish for.

I have an idea that the guides aren't employed by the company arranging the trek but are independent and work for whoever hires them first, therefore I don't think it matters who you book with as long as you make sure that your guide speaks your language or one you can understand. Everyone pays the same price so why should your safety be compromised because you can't understand the safety instructions.Make sure you don't get Antonio, unless you understand Italian.

Visited May 2013
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Solihull, United Kingdom
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“Stromboli/Siremar Hydrofoil”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 1, 2013

We visited Sicily in April 2013 and went to Milazzo,Stromboli,Taormina,Catania,Siracusa and Agrigento.
We absolutely loved all the places we visited and the highlight of the whole trip was the Volcano that is Stromboli.The tough hike to the top is well worth it and you must make the effort to do this if your journey takes you anywhere near the ferry points that leave for Stromboli.
For both of us the sheer raw force of nature which you not only hear but feel and smell as you stand a couple of hundred meters above the spewing lava.It puts the rather sanitized upper reaches of Etna to shame and for me if you want to really experience something totally unique then this is a trip to put on your list.
Just a word of warning we booked our Ferry crossings from Milazzo to Stromboli on line with Siremar and we picked our tickets up from their office on the seafront in Milazzo.The tickets clearly stated that we were travelling from Milazzo to Stromboli via Lipari and it wasn't until we were heading across the water to Lipari that a crew member advised us that the Hydrofoil would not be going to Stromboli and we needed to return to Milazzo and book tickets with Ustica!!
As we were consequently late arriving in Stromboli. We missed the 4pm guided trek up the Volcano and had to wait until the following day to do this meaning that we had an extra night on the island and a hotel booking for the following day in Taormina had to be cancelled costing us 99 Euros.We asked Siremar to refund this cancellation cost but they as yet have not replied to my e-mail and I very much doubt that I will get any joy here.The ticket office in Milazzo was similarly unhelpful and the motto here is do not believe the on line schedule and even if your ticket states a particular journey you would be well advised to confirm this with the crew before boarding.If you can avoid Siremar and travel with Ustica lines I would advise this if possible.Siremar were distinctly unhelpful and were the only negative aspect of our trip to Sicily and the Aeolian Islands

Visited April 2013
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Brisbane, Queensland, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 30, 2013

The afternoon I climbed Stromboli there were 6 groups of 20 and we were last to leave. You must do this as long as you are not afraid of heights or the dark and are able to walk uphill for about 3 hours. The path is picked as you go alone and you need to follow the guide's instructions to the letter if you want to come back safely. Not for the faint hearted but truly amazin'

Visited April 2013
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