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San Vito Lo Capo Lighthouse (Italian: Faro di San Vito Lo Capo) is an active lighthouse located in the municipality of San Vito Lo Capo on the western coast of Sicily at the end of the promontory, with the same name, between the Gulf of Macari and that of Castellammare.

San Vito Lo Capo
San Vito Lo Capo Faro, San Vito lo capo TP, Sicily, Italy - panoramio.jpg
San Vito Lo Capo Lighthouse
San Vito Lo Capo is located in Sicily
San Vito Lo Capo
San Vito Lo Capo
San Vito Lo Capo is located in Italy
San Vito Lo Capo
San Vito Lo Capo
San Vito Lo Capo (Italy)
LocationSan Vito Lo Capo
Coordinates38°11′18″N 12°44′00″E / 38.188444°N 12.733417°E / 38.188444; 12.733417Coordinates: 38°11′18″N 12°44′00″E / 38.188444°N 12.733417°E / 38.188444; 12.733417
Year first constructed1859
Constructionconcrete tower
Tower shapetapered cylindrical tower with balcony and lantern
Markings / patternunpainted tower, white lantern, grey metallic lantern dome
Tower height38 metres (125 ft)
Focal height45 metres (148 ft)
12.5 metres (41 ft)
Current lensType OR 375
Focal length: 187.5 mm
Light sourcemains power
Intensitymain: AL 1000 W
reserve: LED
Rangemain: 25 nautical miles (46 km; 29 mi)
reserve: 11 nautical miles (20 km; 13 mi)
CharacteristicFl W 5s.
Iso R 4s.
Admiralty numberE1986
NGA number9988
ARLHS numberITA-155
Italy number3170 E.F.
Managing agentMarina Militare[1][2]



The lighthouse was built in 1859 under the period of the House of Bourbon who reigned the Kingdom of the Two Sicilies. The lighthouse consists of a white cylindrical tower, 38 metres (125 ft) high, with balcony and lantern, attached to the front seaside 1-storey white masonry keeper's house. The lantern, painted in grey metallic, is positioned at 45 metres (148 ft) above sea level and emits one white flash in a 5 seconds period, visible up to a distance of 19 nautical miles (35 km; 22 mi). Another light positioned at 12.5 metres (41 ft) emits a red flash on and off in a 4 seconds period. The lighthouse is completely automated and is operated by the Marina Militare with the identification code number 2736 E.F. [2]

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  1. ^ "Lighthouses of Italy: Western Sicily". The Lighthouse Directory. Retrieved March 4, 2018.
  2. ^ a b "San Vito Lo Capo". Marina Militare. Retrieved March 4, 2018.

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