"Stromboli: hiking to the volcano's crater" Sicilia Sports & Outdoors Tip by call_me_rhia
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You start form Punta Labronzo where there's warning sign that you should ignore. This is where youleave the road and follow the path up to the mountain. What can I say? Going up is a little torture: the path is very steep and especially rocky?but well, it?s that type of volcanic rock that breaks under your shoes, so you walk 3 steps up and slide 2 steps down. The first stop, at about 600 m a/s is the ?Sciara del Fuoco?: a sort of a vertical half-pipe down the mountain where the material erupted flows down in the sea. From this point onwards the noise made by the mountain becomes very loud and sometimes the ground shakes a little. At about 900 m a/s/l you reach a sort of natural terrace with some rudimental stone huts: this is the place where people stop overnight to look at the eruptions. The view is impressive and scary, the noise very loud (the volcano sounds like a cannon) and the sulphuric fumes are strong.
Equipment: You need good hiking shoes, snacks and plenty of water. If staying overnight on the crater, you'll also need warm clothes and awarm sleeping bag: nights are quite chilly up there. Do not forget to bring a torch, too.
Directions: from Punta Laronzo, uphill (evident trail)
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