Faro di Cesenatico
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Faro di Cesenatico
Cesenatico, Italy

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The lighthouse of Cesenatico is positioned south-west of the entrance to the channel-harbor of the town, on the south-east bank.

It was activated in 1892 and stands exactly where the ancient pretorian tower; a fortified defense to the harbor; used to rise.

The lightstation belongs to the low block typology, the most common over the Italian coasts. It comprises a two-story keeper's quarters building and a tower. The tower is positioned along one of the shortest sides of the building, independent but connected to it, and is approximately 18 meter high. The skeleton is masonry covered with white plaster. The cylindrical-looking tower is actually a frustum, the cross section being slightly wider at the bottom than it is at the top. The presence of three framed windows to light up the spiral staircase that leads up to the cylindrical lantern further characterizes the building. The frame of the lantern is reinforced with diagonal astragals and is surrounded by a circular balcony with metal railing. The keeper's quarters building, no longer housing any staff today, is plastered in yellow. It is rectangular in plan, with symmetrical composition, and is arranged over two floors. The roof is pitched and covered with bent tiles.

The facade is simply decorated with horizontal bands, some frames to mark the openings, and crown moulding. Although the lighthouse is operational, it is not manned at present. It has recently undergone restoration.

Source: Architecture of Italian Lighthouses, The: Adriatic and Ionian Sea (Volume 1)

  • Take A14 to SS304, east.
  • Stay on 8km to the end, where you should be in the town of Cesenatico.
  • Once in town ask for directions to the lighthouse.

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