AEOLIAN ISLANDS: STROMBOLI
is the northernmost of the Aeolian
Islands: its territory is about 13 km and it counts about
The island is dominated by the impressive outline of the volcano
and in its crateral rim, you can see volcanic dents erupting lava
flows. This moderate activity is not a danger for the inhabitants
since magma flows down the Sciara del Fuoco. In 2002 a great eruption
of lava made some rocks falling into the sea: their fall caused
a tidal wave that ran over some of the Aeolian islands.
The coasts of the island of Stromboli are quite steep and there
are few beaches. The main villages are Ginostra and Stromboli,
whose inhabitants live mainly with fishing, viticulture, capers
picking and above all tourism.
The name of the island comes from "Strongyle" a word
meaning "round, rounded".
Since from ancient times the activity of the volcano was well
known and according to the legend, here there was the palace of
god Aeolus. The color of some corners of the islands remind of
the images descripted by Omero.
In old times, Stromboli was a colony of Lipari, whose inhabitants
went there just during sowing and harvest. Around XVI century
B.C. , the first settlement appeared close to the present church
of St. Vincenzo. Stromboli was a very important port of call for
boats crossing the Tyrrhenian Sea. After the birth of steamship,
the island was less and less attended. At the beginning of XX
century, Stromboli counted 5000 inhabitants, today because of
emigration, the number decreased to 500.
In 1949 Stromboli gained a new popularity thank to the movie "Stromboli",
directed by Roberto Rossellini and played by his lover Ingrid
Bergman. In their house in via Vittorio Emanuele, there is a plate
witnessing their intense love story.
The ingredients used are quite simple and local. The traditional
dishes use anchovies, capers, olives and herbs: "Spaghetti
alla strombolana" are made up of olives, capers, anchovies
and pepper; "spaghetti al fuoco" based on aubergine,
capers, onion, tomato, celery, olives; meatballs in fish stock
with spoonbills, saurians, tomato, sea-fennel, caciocavallo cheese.
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