Porto Garibaldi
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Porto Garibaldi
Porto Garibaldi, Italy

Cyberlights Lighthouses - Porto Garibaldi

Photo(s) 2002-2005, Egidio Ferrighi

Here is some info that was emailed to us from Irene van de Sande:

Here some information of Porto Garibaldi (2) Date unknown (station established 1891). Active; focal plane 14 m (46 ft); four white flashes every 15 s. 12 m (39 ft) round cylindrical concrete tower, rising from the front of a 2-story keeper's house. Entire lighthouse painted white; lantern dome is gray metallic. Trabas has an excellent photo. This is the westernmost lighthouse of the Adriatic Sea. The original light was on a mast. Located on the north side of the harbor entrance at Porto Garibaldi, about 30 km (20 mi) north of Ravenna; Google has a satellite view. Site open, tower closed. ARLHS ITA-116; EF-4062; Admiralty E2426; NGA 11400.


The lighthouse of Porto Garibaldi is located along the bands of the estuary of the north pier in the harbour that has the same name, close to the town of Comacchio (Province of Ferrara).

The small town of Porto Garibaldi was completely destroyed during World War II and as a result of such dramatic events a reconstruction of the city was necessary.

During this period, the present lighthouse was built, it is integrated into an area of high urbanisation that constitutes the limits of the embankment service area. However the lighthouse integrates seamlessly into the harbour area and fulfils the role of reference for the boats that dock at the pier.

The architectural layout of the building reflects a traditional model.

The cylindrical tower is 12 meter high and is joined to the wider front of a two-storey service buildings designed as a symmetrical composition. The plan assessment reflects a regular rectangular shape with a main entrance and a central staircase that acts as a link between the first and the second floor; access to the lantern is through an independent spiral staircase.

The lighthouse typology consists of a medium block with bearing masonry walls, white plaster and a simple decorative finishing for the base and the cornice that defines the upper limit of the pavilion roof The top of the tower is easily accessible by a spiral staircase. It is lighted by three small rectangular windows and has a section that is slightly narrow. It has a balcony that is made with stone bricks and is accessed from the tower's clock room.

The balcony is protected by a metallic parapet that is supported by a crowning cornice that joins the tower to the lantern.

The lantern has a cylindrical shape and is characterised by a glass shell with metal reinforced elements; the entire structure sits on a white cylindrical base wall. The lighthouse is equipped with an electrical system that emits four intermittent white flashes with a period of 15 seconds.

Nowadays the lighthouse is protected by a fence and is guarded by a lighthouse keeper.

The state of maintenance is fairly good. There are future plans to rehabilitate the military complex in order to protect it from high tide.

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

  • Take Raccordo Autostradale Ferrara - Porto Garibaldi east to E55.
  • Take E55 south to the first exit and head east on Strada Provinciale Ferrara Mare. This will take you into Porto Garbaldi.
  • Once in town, ask for directions to the lighthouse.

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