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Faraglioni, seen from southern coast of Capri.
Faraglioni in Zagare Bay, Gargano National Park, Apulia.

In Italian, faraglioni (singular faraglione [faraʎˈʎone]) are stacks, a coastal and oceanic rock formation eroded by waves.

The word may be derived from the Greek pharos or Latin pharus ("lighthouse") and is cognate with the Spanish farallón.[1]

They are found at the coasts of several regions of Italy:

Gargano faraglioni[edit]

In the Apulia region, faraglioni are found at the Gargano Peninsula, on the coast of the Adriatic Sea. Two are in Zagare Bay near Mattinata, protected within Gargano National Park.

Capri faraglioni[edit]

In the Campania region, there are three "famous" faraglioni in the Bay of Naples, off the island of Capri. Part of the Campanian Archipelago, they are named:

  • Stella, connected to the island, 109 m.
  • Mezzo, 82 m.
  • Scopolo (or Fuori), 106 m.

The Blue-tinted lizard (Lacerta viridens faraglionesis) is endemic to Scopolo.

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Coordinates: 40°32′31″N 14°15′11″E / 40.54194°N 14.25306°E / 40.54194; 14.25306