Capo Vaticano

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Capo Vaticano Lighthouse
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Capo Vaticano Lighthouse in 2010
Capo Vaticano is located in Calabria
Capo Vaticano
Location Capo Vaticano
Coordinates 38°37′09.8″N 15°49′43.3″E / 38.619389°N 15.828694°E / 38.619389; 15.828694
Year first constructed 1885
Construction masonry tower
Tower shape cylindrical tower with balcony and lantern
Markings / pattern white tower, metallic grey lantern dome
Height 8 metres (26 ft)
Focal height 108 metres (354 ft)
Current lens type OR 500
focal length: 250 mm
Light source mains power
Intensity 1,000 w
Range main: 24 nautical miles (44 km; 28 mi)
reserve: 18 nautical miles (33 km; 21 mi)
Characteristic Fl (4) W 20s.
Admiralty number E1762
NGA number 9704
ARLHS number ITA-047
Italy number 2708 E.F.
Managing agent Marina Militare[1][2]
Capo Vaticano
Location of the province of Vibo Valentia

Capo Vaticano is a wide bathing place in the Municipality of Ricadi in Calabria, Italy. The 'Cape' is formed by a particular white-gray granite, which is examined worldwide for its geologic characteristics.


The maximum altitude of the cape is about 124 meters.

The coast of Capo Vaticano starts from the Tono bay of ends in Virgin Mary bay. The most suggestive bay near the Cape is Grotticelle, which divided into beaches.


The famous Venetian writer Giuseppe Berto made Capo Vaticano his home, after travelling throughout Italy. "Capo Vaticano", he wrote, "is called Vatican as a Roman hill: once priests and fortune tellers searched for the future basing their predictions on birds' flights. 200 meters over the Cape there is a rock called Mantineo and in ancient Greek it means: to communicate with God. The Cape was a holy place and now it is the same".


Capo Vaticano is considered as having the ideal climate for growing Red onions from Tropea.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Capo Vaticano The Lighthouse Directory. University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Retrieved 18 August 2016
  2. ^ Capo Vaticano Marina Militare. Retrieved 18 August 2016

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Coordinates: 38°37′19″N 15°49′56″E / 38.62194°N 15.83222°E / 38.62194; 15.83222