The Faraglioni Rocks of Capri

The Faraglioni Rocks of Capri

Faraglioni in Capri (Credits: Wikipedia Commons)

Emerging out of the depths of the Tyrrhenian Sea are mammoth rock formations. I experience a magical moment when I first see the towering “sea stacks” located at the southern end of the island of Capri. They cause me to pause and to wonder about their splendor.

A result of forceful winds and raging seas, these three Faraglioni rocks inspire countless photographers who attempt to capture their beauty. Translated, Faraglioni means “ones of the light,” and reflections of light from the azure sea create a constantly changing vision just off the Amalfi Coast and Sorrentine peninsula.

I am mesmerized as my ferry approaches Capri and all three Faraglioni come into a clear view. The largest and closest to Capri is attached to land by a short isthmus. Known as Stella, or Faraglioni di terra, the dramatic pinnacle reaches a height of 365 feet, or 110 meters. The middle stone formation, called Faraglioni di Mezzo, is recognized by its natural archway, which delights photographers who might be able to perfectly frame a passing boat within its walls. The shortest of the three rocks, Faraglioni di Fuori, peaks at 265 feet or 80 meters. Also known as Scopolo, it is the home to the blue lizard, which is found nowhere else in the world.

These iconic symbols associated with the isle of Capri welcome me with grandeur.

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