Ginostra (village)

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Coordinates: 38°47′00″N 15°11′00″E / 38.78333°N 15.18333°E / 38.78333; 15.18333Coordinates: 38°47′00″N 15°11′00″E / 38.78333°N 15.18333°E / 38.78333; 15.18333
Elevation 50 m (160 ft)
Population (2001)
 • Total 40
Area code(s) 090

Ginostra is a small village set in a natural amphitheater in the southwest of the island of Stromboli.

The tiny village is surrounded by olive, lemon, caper and prickly pear, and consists of white stucco buildings similar to those found in other Mediterranean islands such as Santorini.

The village has about forty permanent residents, and fewer than a dozen mules and donkeys. Ginostra can only be reached by boat due to a lack of roads or trails on the island. Boats dock at the new pier, opened in December 2004.

Until February 28, 2004 the village had no electricity or running water. Electricity is now supplied by the photovoltaic panels and diesel generators located near the marina, and running water comes from rainwater collected in wells, and is supplemented by ships from Naples. Despite the new electrical grid, there is no street lighting. The village has a single telephone booth.

Given the extremely small size of the village, there are no motor vehicles present. Some donkeys are used to carry luggage, particularly uphill from the harbor to the village.

Life in the village revolves around the plaza outside the church, the grocery store and two restaurants in the bazaar, and the war memorial at the end of the climb from the port. Key public services in the village include a post office and medical facilities.

There is some tourism in Ginostra mainly involving hikes on the volcano, and boating and fishing around the island. Ginostra has no real beaches.

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