Sciara del Fuoco view point
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Sciara del Fuoco view point information
If you don't fancy climbing to the summit, you can go up to 400m for fabulous views of the Sciara del Fuoco (the blackened laval scar that runs down the mountain's northern flank) and the explosions at the crater. You're allowed to go to the Sciara on your own, but do bring a torch if you're walking at night.
The explosions usually occur every 20 minutes or so and are preceded by a loud belly-roar as gases force the magma into the air. After each eruption, you can watch as red-hot rocks tumble down the seemingly endless slope, creating visible splashes as they plop into the sea. It's all incredibly exciting. For best viewing, come on a on a still night, when the livid red Sciara and exploding cone are dramatically visible.
Arriving here.around sunset will allow you to hike one direction in daylight, then stop for pizza and more volcano-gawking at L'Osservatorio on the way back down. Making the trek just before dawn is also a memorable experience, as you'll likely have the whole mountain to yourself.
The trail to the view point starts in Piscità, about 2km west of Stromboli's port. From here it takes about 30 minutes to get to L'Osservatorio, and another half hour to reach the view point. Bring plenty of water - the climb gets steep towards the end.