Ginostra (pictured below) is a very small village which hugs the slopes of Stromboli. The main port of the island leads to San Bartolo and San Vincenzo, however, there is no way of getting to Ginostra by any other way than a smaller boat, hence the boat trip! Stepping off the boat at Ginostra onto a newly built (2004 ish) dock felt a little bit like stepping back in time by 50 years. On a 30 minute visit we managed to walk round every path, see the two or three restaurants, pop our heads into the small church, and go past the village shop. Ginostra had a slowness and peaceable nature about it, compared to the more vibrant other side of the island. Littering the slopes around this village were hordes of prickly pear plants, lemons, and olives, half finished buildings, empty buildings, and broken solar panels. A surreal visit but certainly worth the experience, Ginostra is a place I imagine would be good to recover from writers block (no distractions). A location to keep in mind for the future.
Another one of the stops was at the Sciara del Fuoco. Throughout the published literature and in many of the pictures that are taken, the Sciara is one of the most prominent (picture bottom left below), however, you really don't get to see the prominence of the scar to the island until you see it up close from the seaward side. From the summit all you can really see if the upper lip. I envisage that, when the volcano erupts, the view of incandescent rocks tumbling down the ashy slope is mesmerizing. The final stop Strombolicchio was a chance to get out and do some swimming around the old volcanic conduit, which with a pair of goggles on looking down the sides of Strombolicchio it seemed to stretch into the abyss.
Another fantastic thing about being on an island in the middle of the Mediterranean is the darkness! My first foray into night time photography was in the lake district, where I managed to catch a fuzzy view of the Northern Lights with an orange tinge. This time I have done a slightly better job.
All in all, Stromboli is one of my favourite places to go.