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Capo Gallo Lighthouse (Italian: Faro di Capo Gallo) is an active lighthouse located on the northern tip of the promontory of Monte Pellegrino marks the western entrance to the Gulf of Palermo, Sicily on the Tyrrhenian Sea.

Capo Gallo
Capo Gallo Lighthouse
Capo Gallo is located in Sicily
Capo Gallo
Capo Gallo
Capo Gallo is located in Italy
Capo Gallo
Capo Gallo
Capo Gallo (Italy)
LocationCapo Gallo
Coordinates38°13′25″N 13°19′00″E / 38.223511°N 13.316660°E / 38.223511; 13.316660Coordinates: 38°13′25″N 13°19′00″E / 38.223511°N 13.316660°E / 38.223511; 13.316660
Year first constructed1854
Constructionconcrete tower
Tower shapecylindrical tower with balcony and lantern attached to the sea side 1-storey keeper's house
Markings / patternwhite tower and lantern, grey metallic lantern dome
Tower height7 metres (23 ft)
Focal height40 metres (130 ft)
Current lensType OF 800
Focal length: 400 mm
Light sourcemains power
Intensitymain: AL 100 W
reserve: LABI 100 W
Rangemains: 16 nautical miles (30 km; 18 mi)
reserve: 13 nautical miles (24 km; 15 mi)
CharacteristicL Fl (2) W 15s.
Fog signalno
Admiralty numberE2004
NGA number9936
ARLHS numberITA-023
Italy number3198 E.F.
Managing agentMarina Militare[1][2]



The lighthouse, built in 1854, consists of a cylindrical tower, 7 metres (23 ft) high, with balcony and lantern attached to the seaward 1-storey keeper's house. The building, after the automation of the lighthouse, went into ruin and the Municipality of Palermo plans to turn the lighthouse into a Museum even because it makes part of the Nature Reserve of Capo Gallo.[3]

The tower and the lantern are painted white; the lantern dome grey metallic. The lantern is positioned at 40 metres (130 ft) above sea level and emits two long white flashes in a 15 seconds period visible up to a distance of 16 nautical miles (30 km; 18 mi). The lighthouse is completely automated and managed by the Marina Militare with the identification code number 3198 E.F.[2]

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  1. ^ "Lighthouses of Italy: Western Siicily". The Lighthouse Directory. Retrieved March 30, 2018.
  2. ^ a b "Capo Gallo". Marina Militare. Retrieved March 30, 2018.
  3. ^ "Un museo nel Faro di Capo Gallo". La Repubblica Palermo. Retrieved March 30, 2018.

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