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Isolotto Formica Lighthouse

Isolotto Formica Lighthouse (Italian: Faro di Isolotto Formica) is an active lighthouse located on an islet, 302 metres (991 ft) long and 206 metres (676 ft) wide, at 4 nautical miles (7.4 km; 4.6 mi) from Trapani in the western Sicily on the Sicily Channel. The island is dominated by a quadrangular fortification, built by the Pallavicino in the mid 1600, and a Tonnara, built by the Florio in the mid 1800, which was closed in 1979. From the 1980s the island is a private property belonging to Mondo X which is involved in the recovery of drug addiction.

Isolotto Formica
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Isolotto Formica Lighthouse
Isolotto Formica is located in Sicily
Isolotto Formica
Isolotto Formica
Isolotto Formica is located in Italy
Isolotto Formica
Isolotto Formica
Isolotto Formica (Italy)
Location Isolotto Formica
Aegadian Islands
Coordinates 37°59′21″N 12°25′32″E / 37.989220°N 12.425591°E / 37.989220; 12.425591Coordinates: 37°59′21″N 12°25′32″E / 37.989220°N 12.425591°E / 37.989220; 12.425591
Year first constructed 1858
Foundation concrete base
Construction concrete tower
Tower shape cylindrical tower with balcony and light atop a fortification corner
Markings / pattern white tower and balcony (current)
Height 20 metres (66 ft)
Focal height 28 metres (92 ft)
Light source solar power
Range 11 nautical miles (20 km; 13 mi)
Characteristic Fl W 4s.
Fog signal no
Admiralty number E1966
NGA number 10032
ARLHS number ITA-091
Italy number 3128 E.F.
Managing agent Marina Militare[1][2]



The lighthouse, built in 1858 by Genio civile under the Kingdom of the Two Sicilies, consists of a concrete cylindrical tower, 20 metres (66 ft) high, with balcony and lantern atop the north eastern bastion of the fortification. The tower and the lantern are white, the lantern dome is grey metallic. The light is positioned at 28 metres (92 ft) above sea level and emits one white flash in a 4 seconds period visible up to a distance of 11 nautical miles (20 km; 13 mi). The lighthouse is completely automated and managed by the Marina Militare with the identification code number 3128 E.F.[2]

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  1. ^ "Lighthouses of Italy: Eastern Sicily". The Lighthouse Directory. Retrieved April 20, 2018.
  2. ^ a b "Isolotto Formica". Marina Militare. Retrieved April 20, 2018.

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