Port of Levanzo

Location in Italy

Coordinates: IT 38°00′N 12°20′E / 38.000°N 12.333°E / 38.000; 12.333Coordinates: IT 38°00′N 12°20′E / 38.000°N 12.333°E / 38.000; 12.333
Country  Italy
Province Trapani
Comune Favignana
  Total 5.82 km2 (2.25 sq mi)
Elevation 278 m (912 ft)
  Total 450
  Density 77/km2 (200/sq mi)
Capo Grosso Lighthouse

Capo Grosso Lighthouse
Location Capo Grosso
Coordinates 38°01′13.3″N 12°20′03.0″E / 38.020361°N 12.334167°E / 38.020361; 12.334167
Year first constructed 1858
Construction concrete tower
Tower shape cylindrical tower with balcony and lantern atop a 1-storey keeper’s house
Markings / pattern white tower, grey lantern dome
Height 12 metres (39 ft)
Focal height 68 metres (223 ft)
Current lens type TD 800
focal length 400 mm
Light source solar power
Range 11 nautical miles (20 km; 13 mi)
Characteristic Fl (3) W 15s.
Admiralty number E1962
NGA number 10004
ARLHS number ITA- 208
Italy number 3120.3 E.F.
Managing agent Marina Militare[1][2]

Levanzo (Sicilian: Lèvanzu) is the smallest of the three main Aegadian Islands in the Mediterranean Sea west of Sicily, Italy. It forms a part of the municipality (comune) of Favignana in the Province of Trapani.


Levanzo has an area of 5.82 square kilometres (2.25 sq mi). The highest point is Pizzo Monaco with a height of 278 metres (912 feet). The island has about 450 inhabitants, who are concentrated around a tiny port, that gives little shelter from storms.

The ancient name of the island was "Phorbantia" which is a sort of plants growing there.

Levanzo is famous for the "Grotta del Genovese" with Neolithic cave paintings and Palaeolithic graffitoes.

Capo Grosso Lighthouse

Capo Grosso Lighthouse (Italian: Faro di Capo Grosso) is an active lighthouse on the Levanzo Island placed at the extremity of Capo Grosso, the northernmost point of the Island.

The lighthouse was built in 1858 in concrete and has a cylindrical shape with balcony and lantern atop a 1-storey keeper’s house. The tower is 12 metres (39 ft) high and the lantern is positioned at an height of 68 metres (223 ft) above sea level. The light is fully automated and operated by Marina Militare identified by the Country code number 3120.3 E.F. The lighthouse has a solar power unit and emits an alternating three white flashes in a fifteen seconds period visible up to 11 nautical miles (20 km; 13 mi).[2]

The keeper’s house is no longer inhabited and it is in ruin; on October 12, 2015 the Agenzia del Demanio, who run the State ownership buildings, decided to give it in concession to private.[3] The lighthouse has been awarded to a company that deals with investments in the Hotel sector with the intention of transforming the keeper’s house in a six-room resort.[4]

See also


  1. Capo Grosso The Lighthouse Directory. University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Retrieved 14 August 2016
  2. 1 2 Capo Grosso Marina Militare. Retrieved 14 August 2016
  3. Bando fari Agenzia del Demanio. Retrieved 15 August 2016
  4. Il faro di Capo Grosso Italia a Tavola. Retrieved 15 August 2016
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