Capo d'Otranto

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Coordinates: 40°06′26″N 18°31′14″E / 40.10722°N 18.52056°E / 40.10722; 18.52056

Punta Palascia Lighthouse
Capo d'Otranto
Punta Palascia Lighthouse
Capo d'Otranto is located in Apulia
Capo d'Otranto
Location Otranto
Coordinates 40°06′26.72″N 18°31′11.56″E / 40.1074222°N 18.5198778°E / 40.1074222; 18.5198778
Year first constructed 1867
Deactivated 1970s - 2009
Construction stone tower
Tower shape cylindrical tower with balcony and lantern atop a 2-storey keeper’s house
Markings / pattern white tower, grey lantern dome
Height 32 metres (105 ft)
Focal height 60 metres (200 ft)
Current lens type TD
Light source mains power
Range main: 18 nautical miles (33 km; 21 mi)
reserve: 12 nautical miles (22 km; 14 mi)
Characteristic Fl W 5s.
Admiralty number E2178
NGA number 10788
ARLHS number ITA-137
Italy number 3596 E.F.
Managing agent City of Otranto[1][2]

Cape Palascìa, commonly known as Capo d'Otranto, is Italy's most easterly point. It is situated in the territory of the Apulian city of Otranto, in the Province of Lecce at 40° 7' northing and 18° 31' easting.


The lighthouse there was built in 1867 and abandoned in the 1970s but and reopened to tourists in 2008, where it hosts the Centre on Environment and Health of the Mediterranean ecosystems and a multimedia museum of the sea. It is one of five Mediterranean lighthouses protected by the European Commission. It is often visited by tourists, especially at New Year, since it stands at the point where the dawn of the new year may first be seen in Italy.

According to nautical conventions, Capo d'Otranto marks the point where the Ionian Sea and the Adriatic Sea meet.

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  1. ^ Capo d'Otranto (La Palascia) The Lighthouse Directory. University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Retrieved 5 August 2016
  2. ^ Capo d’Otranto Faro di Punta Palascia Marina Militare. Retrieved 5 August 2016

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