Punta Pezzo

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The white and red lighthouse

Punta Pezzo is a point in Reggio Calabria, southern Italy. It is the closest point of Calabria to Sicily and is the northernmost point of the Calabrian side of the Strait of Messina, lying on the northern channel.


The coasts of this sea area are crossed by very strong currents and the topography of the beaches varies from year to year because of the very strong winter storms. It is located in the comune of Villa San Giovanni, about 13 km north of Reggio Calabria.[1]

Punta Pezzo Lighthouse[edit]

Punta Pezzo Lighthouse
Punta Pezzo is located in Calabria
Punta Pezzo
Location Villa San Giovanni
Coordinates 38°13′52.8″N 15°38′11.8″E / 38.231333°N 15.636611°E / 38.231333; 15.636611
Year first constructed 1883 (first)
Year first lit 1953 (current)
Construction concrete tower
Tower shape cylindrical tower and lantern
Markings / pattern white tower with red horizontal bands
Height 23 metres (75 ft)
Focal height 26 metres (85 ft)
Light source mains power
Range main: 23 nautical miles (43 km; 26 mi)
reserve: 13 nautical miles (24 km; 15 mi)
Characteristic Fl (3) R 15s.
Admiralty number E1770
NGA number 9720
ARLHS number ITA-139
Italy number 2720 E.F[2][3]
Managing agent Marina Militare

Punta Pezzo Lighthouse consists of a 23 metre high cylindrical tower with red and white horizontal stripes, built in the 1953. The rotating optical lantern emits a red light every 15 seconds, visible for 23 nautical miles (43 km; 26 mi). In exceptional cases, the light is yellow, and visible for 18 nautical miles (33 km).

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Luigi Nostro, Notizie storiche e topografiche attorno a tutti i paesi del Cenideo, dall'antichissima Colonna Reggina sino alla più recente Villa San Giovanni, pgg. 15-19 (Italian)
  2. ^ Faro di Punta Pezzo Marina Militare
  3. ^ Rowlett, Russ. "Lighthouses of Calabria and Basilicata". The Lighthouse Directory. University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Retrieved February 29, 2016. 

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