It is one of eight Aeolian Islands located in the Tyrrhenian Sea North of Sicily and one of three active volcanoes in Italy. The peak of the island sits approximately 924m above sea level but the island as an entity rises over
2700m from the sea floor.
Although not visible on my photograph a thin plume of smoke was coming
from the top of the volcano which was visible on the horizon long before the
island came into view, the volcano seems to have been erupting on a regular
basis since it was formed 40,000 years ago.
As we passed I could see Italian registered Products Tanker Naxos (IMO 6909909, GT 1429, 1969) moored off Stromboli Town, this is one of two places
on the island, the other Ginostra is much smaller and on the other side of the
island. In the 1890's the population of the island numbered about 2,100, this
has reduced considerably over the years and now some 300 to 350 people live