Faro di Sapri
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Faro di Sapri
Sapri, Italy

Cyberlights Lighthouses - Faro di Sapri

Photo(s) © 2002-2005, Egidio Ferrighi



History:
The small lighthouse is located inside a creek at the notheastern end of the Gulf of Policastro by the Sapri marina in the Salerno Province. The light is positioned on Punta del Fortino and it sends out a group of two white flashes over a period of 7 seconds. It has a 7 mile range through the sector 223° to 083°.

The tower was built at the time of the bourbon domi¬nation in an 18th century eclectic style. The structure is 4 meters high and it comprehends a small square tower resting on a terrace facing the gulf by the coastal road. The tower has a decorated crowiing with mouldings battlements providing a parapet for the terrace at the back where the light pedestal sits.

The facades and the openings are decorated with white bands. The main arched door is adorned with a white cornice as well. The lantern is placed in the middle of the upper ter¬race which is connected to the lower floor by a ladder. The whole building is made of bricks painted a Pompeian red in a deliberate vivid contrast with the predominantly white decorations. The complex is also enriched by a view on the sea protected by a metalpara-pet. It has been refurbished several times over the years, the last one was in 1983, and nowadays it is in good condition.

Source: Architecture of Italian Lighthouses, The: Ligurian and Tyrrhenian Sea (Volume 2)

Directions:
  • From Napoli take A3 about 170km south to SS585 in Fecile.
  • Take SS585 about 10km to SS104. Turn right onto SS104.
  • Stay on SS104 for about 12km into Sapri.
  • Once in town ask for directions to the lighthouse.


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