Strombolicchio, Stromboli

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Strombolicchio is a sea stack of volcanic origin 2km to the northeast of the island of Stromboli in the Aeolian Islands of Italy.Geologically, Strombolicchio is a volcanic plug or spine of extremely hard compacted basalt resistant to erosion, and is the remnant of the original volcano from which the island of Stromboli was built up. Eruptions at this site ceased approximately 200,000 years ago. Since then the volcanic activity has moved about 3km to the southwest. It is the only subaerial part of a submarine platform that extends between it and the main island.A lighthouse is located on its summit; it can be reached by a concrete stairway of over 200 steps. The island is a tourist attraction in Stromboli.Its name in the Sicilian language means Little Stromboli.Flora and faunaStrombolicchio hosts some very rare species of flora and fauna and has been declared a natural reserve, with severe restrictions on access. Bassia saxicola, for example, an endangered flower at risk of extinction, is otherwise present only in a few hundred specimens on the island of Capri. Podarcis raffonei, a rare lizard classified as at critical risk of extinction, is found only at three other locations, all of which are in the Aeolian Islands: a small islet off the coast of the nearby island of Salina, another islet off the coast of Filicudi, and in some areas of Vulcano.
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  • August 18, 2017
    Pass by boat practically next door and see it in all its facets is really impressive ... shows that nature gives!
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  • August 13, 2017
    Beautiful islet or rock, I don't know how to define it, almost designed as if by magic to dominate the Islands, starting from the charming older brother Stromboli waters from which emerges with alternating currents of hot water cooler water, crossed by innumerable fish and with alternating colors on the walls. Essential mask from there a ladder is not in perfect condition to the top, the disused Lighthouse taking romantically the lucky patrons while it is true that beauty will save the world, this is part of it.
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  • August 10, 2017
    Visited with boat ride was very impressive to be admired from all sides, while the water below us seethed. Rises in a beautiful sea.
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