In 50 years, life on Stromboli was much different than today ... and support his family with only the product of its fishing, a small vineyard, some olive trees and three goats, was not easy.
Many families emigrated at the time, to the continent, and Australia, New Zealand or the United States. In 1900, the island volcano had 3,000 inhabitants, they were only 600, fifty years later.
Some resisted, and with the beginnings of tourism, began to guide the visitors.
Salvatore di Losa, the first guide of Stromboli - Philippe Bernard's photo archive / volcan-stromboli.skyrock.com
This was chosen by Salvatore di Losa, the first guide of Stromboli Volcano ... and it was a risk, at a time when one could still climb alone and without the help of a mandatory guide.
With rudimentary equipment, and as only light, a hurricane lamp, he led the first tourists to the summit, accompanied by his dog.
It was at this time that the first hotel was opened and a youth hostel.
Stromboli, the Fico Grande Beach and La Sirenetta - Postcard / archives Philippe Bernard / volcan-stromboli.skyrock.com
Philip Ward tells his encounter with Salvatore in his book "The Eolian islands", published in 1974.
Here is an excerpt of his exploration of Stromboli
My first task was to find a guide to climb to the crater, so I prowled along the narrow path that runs between the volcano and the sea. A tanned man in vest and shorts leaned over the railing bordering a flat roof .
- "Can you tell me how I can find Salvatore di Losa? "
- " It's me "
- "Can I go up to the crater with you tonight? "
- " Why not ? Meet at the Sirenetta (the Sirenetta Hotel in Ficogrande) at 5:30 am "
- "Is it that these sandals are good? (my brown sandals, cheap, and three years old, begin to thin, even on top)
- "Beh ..." he shrugged, "it is not exactly what it takes to climb a mountain, but when they are full of ashes, you can remove and empty ..."
What follows is the description of the ascent of Stromboli.
On the way, Salvatore tell that he climbed about fifty times a year for twenty years ... about a thousand ups and downs, but each time with a slightly different way, because of the slippery sands.
"The winds disperse the volcanic ash a little differently every night, and when you go back there the next day, the landscape must be read again."
Salvatore di Losa and his dog on a trail to the top of Stromboli - Doc. archives of Bernard Philippe / volcan-stromboli.skyrock.com
"L'Isola di fuoco" - document RAI 1956 / via Museo del Cinema di Stromboli - Primo reportage della RAI su Stromboli. L'arrivo in nave. L'international Student Village. L'Ente Turismo Pro Stromboli. La guida Salvatore di Losa. Salita notturna ai crateri. Strombolicchio e il guardiano del faro. Giovani pescatori. Turisti alla Sirenetta.
Salvatore di Losa in 1985 - photo from the movie "Stromboli Vulkan, Furht und Faszination" Franz Lazi & Heinz V. Matthey - SW3 (German TV channel) - Doc. archives of Bernard Philippe / volcan-stromboli.skyrock.com
Born October 2, 1926, and died in 1991, Salvatore di Losa gave his name to a path leading to the top of Stromboli.
Plate commemorating the dédication of a trail to the first volcanological guide of Stromboli, Salvatore di Losa - Doc. archives of Bernard Philippe / volcan-stromboli.skyrock.com