San Venerio Lighthouse

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San Venerio Lighthouse
Faro San Venerio
Isola del Tino
Isola del Tino - Panorama.jpg
San Venerio lighthouse, atop the island of Tino
San Venerio Lighthouse is located in Liguria
San Venerio Lighthouse
Location Tino Island
La Spezia
Coordinates 44°01′35.3″N 9°50′58.1″E / 44.026472°N 9.849472°E / 44.026472; 9.849472Coordinates: 44°01′35.3″N 9°50′58.1″E / 44.026472°N 9.849472°E / 44.026472; 9.849472
Year first constructed 1840 (first)
Year first lit 1884 (current)
Automated 1985
Construction masonry tower
Tower shape cylindrical tower with double gallery at one corner of the keeper’s house
Markings / pattern white tower and lantern, grey lantern dome
Height 24 metres (79 ft)
Focal height 117 metres (384 ft)
Light source mains power
Range main: 25 nautical miles (46 km; 29 mi)
reserve: 18 nautical miles (33 km; 21 mi)
Characteristic FI (3) W 15 s.
Admiralty number E1262
NGA number 7696
ARLHS number ITA-282
Italy number

1708 E.F[1]

Managing agent Marina Militare

San Venerio Lighthouse (Italian: Faro di San Venerio) is an active lighthouse on the island of Tino, in the comune of Porto Venere in the Province of La Spezia, Liguria, Italy. Its construction began in 1839, and completed in 1840. It illuminates and guides the sailors in that part of Ligurian Sea.


San Venerio Lighthouse is a fortified neoclassical building, despite having undergone many changes over time. Construction of the lighthouse was granted by King Charles Albert of Savoy and was initially fueled by vegetable oil, followed later by coal. In 1884 another tower was built, taller than the original at 30 metres (98 ft) high, and at the top of the lenses an optical filament was added, electrically powered by two steam engines. This system gave too much power to the beam of light, and in 1912 the fuel was replaced with petroleum. The lighthouse was later electrified, and became fully automated in 1985.

The lighthouse is completely controlled and operated by the Marina Militare based in La Spezia.[3][4]

In the evening, near Lerici (located on the opposite side of the Gulf of La Spezia) or the Cinque Terre the light can be seen flashing across the sea in the darkness.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Rowlett, Russ. "Lighthouses of Italy: Liguria". The Lighthouse Directory. University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Retrieved February 29, 2016. 
  2. ^ Faro di San Venerio Marina Militare
  3. ^ Elenco dei Fari e Segnali da Nebbia, Instituto idrografico della Marina
  4. ^ Faro di San Venerio Marina Militare

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