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Faraglioni, seen from southern coast of Capri.
Faraglioni in Zagare Bay, Gargano National Park, Apulia.

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

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:

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Gargano faraglioniEdit

In the Apulia region, faraglioni are found at the Gargano Peninsula, on the coast of the Adriatic Sea. Two are in Zagare Bay near Mattinata, protected within Gargano National Park.

Capri faraglioniEdit

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).
  • Mezzo, 82 metres (269 ft).
  • Scopolo (or Fuori), 106 metres (348 ft). The blue-tinted lizard (Lacerta viridens faraglionesis) is endemic to this faraglione.

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ReferencesEdit

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


Coordinates: 40°32′31″N 14°15′11″E / 40.54194°N 14.25306°E / 40.54194; 14.25306