Monday, April 16, 2012

Strombolicchio Island

This basalt stack is all that remains of the core of a volcano in the Tyrrhenian Sea. Stromboli and Strombolicchio islands are off the northern coast of Sicily, and Stromboli is one of the 3 active volcanoes in Italy. In 1905, the tip of Strombolicchio was blasted off the top to accommodate a small light house to ward ships away from the treacherous islands. Visitors can climb the steps to the top, but the trip up and down is extremely dangerous.

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