Punta Penna Lighthouse
Punta Penna Lighthouse in 2007
|Year first constructed||1906 (first)|
|Year first lit||1948 (current)|
|Foundation||2-story masonry keeper's house|
|Tower shape||octagonal tower with balcony and lantern|
|Markings / pattern||white tower and lantern, gray metallic lantern dome|
|Tower height||230 feet (70 m)|
|Focal height||277 feet (84 m)|
|Light source||mains power|
|Range||maine: 25 nautical miles (46 km; 29 mi)|
18 nautical miles (33 km; 21 mi)
|Characteristic||Fl W 5s|
|Italy number||3856 E.F|
|Managing agent||Marina Militare|
Punta Penna Lighthouse (Italian: Faro di Punta Penna) is an active lighthouse in Vasto, Italy. At a height of 230 feet (70 m) it is the eighth tallest "traditional lighthouse" in the world,  and the second tallest lighthouse in Italy after the Lantern of Genoa. It is located on strategically important spot in Via Madonna della Penna at the port of Vasto.
Built in 1906, it has repeatedly been the subject of reconstruction. In 1944, the retreating German army destroyed part of the old lighthouse and it was demolished. Reconstruction started in 1946 to the design of architect Olindo Tarcione; it reopened on 2 May 1948.
The lighthouse is unusual as it looks like a regular brick building with a two-story base which provided housing for the light keeper family and also houses some administrative offices.
A spiral staircase of 307 steps leads up to the summit.
- 276 feet (84 m) according to The Lighthouse Directory
- Faro di Punta Penna Marina Militare
- Rowlett, Russ. "The Tallest Lighthouses". The Lighthouse Directory. University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
- Rowlett, Russ. "Lighthouses of Eastern Italy". The Lighthouse Directory. University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
- "I 104 anni del faro di Punta Penna, storie vere: 2007, l'anno dei naufragi" [The 104 years of the lighthouse at Punta Penna, true stories: 2007, year of shipwrecks]. vastoweb.com (in Italian). Archived from the original on 17 July 2011. Retrieved 9 August 2010.
- "F.A.Q. (Domande frequenti)". Marina Militare. Retrieved February 8, 2010.
- List of Lights, Pub. 113: The West Coasts of Europe and Africa, the Mediterranean Sea, Black Sea and Azovskoye More (Sea of Azov) (PDF). List of Lights. United States National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency. 2009. p. 192. as "Punta della Penna".
- Servizio Fari Marina Militare (in Italian)
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