The weather cleared after two days and I made it up (and down) the volcano on Stromboli. This is a most surreal island with these people living in the shadow, very literally the shadow, of a super-active volcano.
I’m here touring Italy’s active volcanoes on assignment so no more details on them for now. That is except to say that after Stromboli I stopped off in Vulcano, yes, an island actually called “Volcano” where I hiked another volcano that though smaller is equally interesting.
After Vulcano I got another boat to Sicily where today if everything works out I’ll be heading up Etna, the mother of all Italian (and European) volcanoes.