Strombolicchio, an island of imagination

Sicilia, Strombolicchio, Eolie - Sicilian Aeolian Islands

Men often instinctively give their own interpretation of the shape and profile of cliffs that emerge from the water. Victor Hugo, in his novel “Toilers of the Sea”, mentions tripods, lions, giant nuns, enormous toads, angels with their wings wide open, and people reading: Nothing changes shape like clouds, except for rocks, he noted.

Strombolicchio is a volcanic island in the Aeolian Archipelago, a minuscule rock in the sea off of Sicily. According to legend, it was shot out of Stromboli, which rises 1.5 kilometers south-west, during one of the volcano’s eruptions.

Experts agree it is part of Stromboli’s ancient structure, which dates back to 200,000 years ago: it is a tower of solid lava, a huge, basalt “bottle stopper” that is approximately fifty meters tall and three thousand square meters large.

A lighthouse was built on it in the first half of the last century. Today, it is a natural reserve that harbors extremely rare animals and flowers about to disappear from the planet.

It is a fireplace, a star, a sun, a universe.

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November 26, 2014

Strombolicchio, an island of imagination

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