Capo Vaticano

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Capo Vaticano lighthouse
LocationCapo Vaticano, Ricadi, Italy Edit this at Wikidata
Coordinates38°37′10″N 15°49′43″E / 38.61939°N 15.828687°E / 38.61939; 15.828687
Constructed1885 Edit this on Wikidata
Height8 m (26 ft) Edit this on Wikidata
Power sourcemains electricity Edit this on Wikidata
Focal height108 m (354 ft) Edit this on Wikidata
Lenssecond order Fresnel lens Edit this on Wikidata
Range24 nmi (44 km; 28 mi) Edit this on Wikidata
CharacteristicFl(4) W 20s Edit this on Wikidata

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.


Capo Vaticano

The maximum altitude of the cape is about 124 meters.

The coast of Capo Vaticano starts from Santa Maria beach up to Tonicello beach. The most suggestive bays near the Cape are Praia I Focu and Grotticelle.


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 the ideal place to have the climate suitable for growing the Red onions of Tropea.

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