Stromboli

Stromboli Island is photographed in the morning from Strombolicchio, a volcanic plug which is the remnant of the original volcano from which Stromboli was built up. Aeolian Islands, Italy.
Mario Cusolito, a former docker and fisherman from Stromboli, is portrayed on a small beach called “Aeolus’s Cave”. Next to him I photographed part of the wall of lava rock surrounding the beach. Aeolus, the Greek god of the winds, was thought to have moved his headquarters from a nearby island to Stromboli in order to better control and distribute the winds in the Mediterranean sea. Cusolito died during the summer of 2018. Stromboli, Aeolian Islands, Italy.
Fishermen disentangle their nets after fishing in the morning on Stromboli. Following Rossellini’s movie “Stromboli, Land of God”, the growing popularity of the island created job opportunities related to tourism, and many changed their previous jobs. Fishermen represent the stronghold of society as it once was on the island, but due to overfishing by big companies it is feared that within a few years it won’t be possible anymore to for them to support themselves by fishing. Stromboli, Aeolian Islands, Italy.
A crater of Stromboli volcano erupts on Stromboli Island, a small, round island in the Tyrrhenian Sea off the coast of Sicily, Italy.
Stromboli’s activity, based on frequent explosive eruptions at the summit craters, has rarely endangered the lives of the population of the island, represented by few hundred people living on two small tongues of land between the volcano and the sea. Stromboli, Aeolian Islands, Italy.
Jacopo Crimi, project manager for science dissemination, poses for a portrait in Stromboli’s cemetery. Crimi, who visited the island since he was a child, moved from Milan to Stromboli in 2016 and works in remote. The ashes of his father Bruno Crimi, reporter for Panorama from the ’80 to the year 2000, are kept in the same cemetery. Aeolian Islands, Italy.



The “Sciara del Fuoco”, Sicilian for Road of Fire, connects Stromboli’s craters with the sea. Whenever a lava flow occurs, rocks and lava fall directly into the sea. Aeolian Islands

Eva, a swiss woman who has been living on Stromboli island for about thirty years, plays with her cat on the roof of her house. Next to her a boat is photographed off the coast of the island during a storm. The weather can be very harsh on Stromboli. During the winter the winds are often so strong that boats cannot dock on the island nor leave for days at a time. Stromboli, Aeolian Islands, Italy.
Writer Laurence Cornet, on Stromboli island for a reporting trip, reaches for a rock at “Aeolus’ Cave”, a small beach on Stromboli Island. Stromboli, Aeolian Islands, Italy.
The grave of a woman, whose letters have been scattered by time and the harsh weather, is photographed in Stromboli’s cemetery. On its left, the moon is seen from the summit of the volcano. Aeolian Islands, Italy.

The peak of Stromboli volcano, over the craters, is photographed under the light of a full moon. Aeolian Islands, Italy

Stromboli island is seen from a boat shortly before dawn. Stromboli, Aeolian Islands, Italy.
Antonietta d’Andraia, who moved to Stromboli from Potenza a few years before this photo was taken, swims close to the shore of the island. Aeolian Islands, Italy.

Nino Reitano, nicknamed Ninnoi, from Messina, smokes in his house at night on Stromboli Island, and the sun is photographed over Forgia Vecchia beach.
Ninnoi has been living in the Far East for many years, before moving to Stromboli and opening a clothing and accessory store with products he imports from India and nearby countries. Stromboli, Aeolian Islands, Italy.
An Ape Car is photographed at night on Stromboli island. There are no lights in the street on Stromboli. When electricity got to the bigger village of the island in the 70’s, residents decided to take advantage of it only in houses and businesses, not in the streets. Among the motivations that emerged from interviews are the low risk of accidents given that no cars (only a few ape cars, golf cars and scooters) are allowed on the island, energy savings and the choice to preserve the possibility to see sky at night. Stromboli, Aeolian Islands, Italy.


Jacopo Crimi, project manager for science dissemination, poses smelling a flower at night. Shortly before the photo was taken Crimi got close to a tree the flower was hanging from, and smelled the flower to understand if this is where the smell of the island in September came from. Aeolian Islands, Italy.

Needlefish swim under the dock of Stromboli village’s port. Stromboli, Aeolian Islands, Italy.
A view of Stromboli village from its main street at night. Aeolian Islands, Italy

The light resulting from the magmatic activity in one of Stromboli’s craters is seen from the summit at sunset. The volcano, characterized by a frequent explosive activity at medium to low intensity, gave the name to this kind of eruptions, named "strombolian" worldwide. Stromboli, Eolie Island, Italy. Stromboli, Aeolian Islands, Italy.
High School students from Turin, Italy, look at the landscape from the summit of Stromboli volcano. Next to them, I photographed the view from the volcano on the sea surrounding the island at sunset. Stromboli, Aeolian Islands, Italy.
Hikers walk at sunset on the Punta Labronzo path, used in the past by Stromboli’s guides to lead the tourists to the craters. Aeolian Islands, Italy.

Sylvia Vecchio, who works as a volunteer offering monitoring and assistance to hikers, is portrayed on Stromboli volcano, and one of the craters of Stromboli volcano erupts at night. Sylvia, from Linguaglossa, Catania’s province, is also a guide focusing on environment and member of the alpine rescue team of Northern Etna, the highest active volcano in Europe. Stromboli, Aeolian Islands, Italy.

A crater of Stromboli volcano is photographed at night. Aeolian Islands, Italy.


A cactus plant is seen under the light of the full moon. Stromboli, Aeolian Islands

Francesca Russo, Strombolian, poses for a portrait at Casa del Sole, a hostel she runs on Stromboli island. On her left, solidified lava is photographed at Punta Restuccia, a volcanic cliff on the island. Aeolian Islands, Italy.


The Mediterranean sea is seen at night from a small beach called “Scalo Balordi”. Aeolian Islands, Italy.

Gaetano Cusolito, Strombolian fisherman, waves goodbye in front of the ship leaving leaving Stromboli to head to Naples, one of the most important connection of the island to the mainland. Aeolian Islands, Italy.


The night ship that covers the route Stromboli-Naples leaves from the island, under the rain. During the winter the winds are often so strong that boats cannot dock on the island nor leave for days at a time. Stromboli, Aeolian Islands, Italy.