In Italian, faraglioni (pronounced [faraʎˈʎoːni]; Neapolitan: faragliune [faraʝˈʝuːnə]; singular faraglione in both languages) are stacks, coastal and oceanic rock formations eroded by waves.

Faraglioni di Scopello, on the north coast of Castellammare del Golfo
Faraglioni in Zagare Bay, Gargano National Park, Apulia

The word may be derived from the Greek pháros or Latin pharus ("lighthouse") and is cognate with the Spanish farallón.[1]

They are found at the coasts of several regions of Italy:

Apulia faraglioni edit

In the Apulia region, examples of faraglioni can be found along the Adriatic coast of the Salento peninsula: Le Due Sorelle (The Two Sisters) in Torre Dell'Orso and the Faraglioni di Sant'Andrea. On the Gargano peninsula, there are two faraglioni in Zagare Bay near Mattinata that are protected within Gargano National Park.

Capri faraglioni edit

In the Campania region, there are three famous faraglioni in the Bay of Naples, off the island of Capri. Part of the Campanian Archipelago, they are named:

  • Stella, connected to the island; 109 metres (358 ft) high.
  • Mezzo; 82 metres (269 ft) high.
  • Scopolo (or Fuori); 106 metres (348 ft) high. The blue lizard or lucertola azzurra (Podarcis siculus coeruleus) is endemic to this faraglione.

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References edit

  • "Capri - Faraglioni". Capri Online. Retrieved 2010-10-08.