on course to stromboli

“One of the seven windy Aeolians, Stromboli, resembles a spinning top, from which it also takes its name: from the Greek strobilos/strombos, still preserved – and where if not? – in the Neapolitan dialect, as strummolo. His belly is always alive.”

Predrag Matvejevic

Getting to Stromboli

From Naples:  Siremar runs year-round overnight ferry services on Tuesdays and Fridays, with departure from the port (Calata di Massa) at 8pm and arrival at Stromboli at dawn.

Return service from Stromboli departs on Monday and Thursday evenings, with arrival in Naples at 8am.

In August, there is a third additional ferry departing from Naples on Sunday evening, returning from Stromboli on Saturday evening.

During the summer months (June-September), SNAV/Alilauro hydrofoils leave daily at about 2 pm from Mergellina harbour, arriving  Stromboli at about 7pm.

From Milazzo: During the summer (June-September), several Liberty Lines hydrofoils depart daily to the islands.

From Messina, Reggio Calabria, Vibo Valenza and Palermo: Liberty Lines hydrofoils guarantee connections to the islands in the summer months (June-September).

Shuttle services provided by private companies (Alibrando, Tarnav Eolian Shuttle, Giunta Bus) guarantee the connection between the port of Milazzo and Catania’s international airport “Fontanafredda”, the preferable alternative to Palermo for the frequency of flights and the best connections to Milazzo.



Reaching home

Originally from the late eighteenth century, the housing nucleus was inhabited by a large extended family and it was remodeled over the centuries, based on the needs of its small community.

“Il Machichi”, as the old people called the area, has a strong peasant vocation and it is surrounded by nature. Fiercely perched like a tiny casbah, its position, detached from the center of the village, allows you to enjoy a spectacular view and the precious privilege of silence, moved only by the rustling of the wind through the trees, the singing of birds and the familiar rumbling of the volcano. The cheerful confusion of the port and the main road running through the old fishermen’s district of Scari, seem very far and yet they are only a few minutes away: along the dirt road of the “torrent”, it is possible to reach the central Via Roma and from there go up to the square of San Vincenzo with the church and the terrace with its breathtaking view, or go down to the port and to the wide black beach of Scari.

From the landing dock, the house can be easily reached on foot in a few minutes, heading uphill toward the main square and turning left on Via Lipari, the lane of the “Angolo Giallo” corner, across from the excellent “Giovanni’s” pizzeria. The path, unpaved and exclusively pedestrian, follows the bed of a seasonal creek “u vadduni”, dug over time by rainwater flowing from the slopes of the volcano: it has been left unpaved according to ancient traditions and modern regulations to allow for the proper drainage of copious winter rains.

In case you have heavy luggages, one of the typical electric minicabs can bring you to the entrance of Via Lipari. In fact Stromboli is carfree!



Useful numbers

+39 090986003   Ticket Office Stromboli

+39 3409028012 Ticket Office Stromboli (mobile)

+39 0923022022 Call center Liberty Lines

+39 0909224193 Ticket Office Liberty Lines Milazzo

+39 3409023731 Ticket Office Liberty Lines Milazzo (mobile)

+39 0909812448 Ticket Office Liberty Lines Lipari

+39 3470095781 Ticket Office Liberty Lines Messina

+39 0815800340 Ticket Office Ontano Napoli 

+39 090673782   Giunta Bus Milazzo (line 1)

+39 090675749   Giunta Bus Milazzo (line 2)

+39 0909288585  Alibrando Taxi Milazzo (line 1)

+39 0909223256  Alibrando Taxi Milazzo (line 2)

+39 090 9223617 Tarnav Eolian Shuttle 


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