What are the Faraglioni Rocks?

Glamorous Capri is a hotspot of natural beauty, boasting sheer cliff faces and centuries-old rock formations. One of its most popular sights is the Faraglioni rocks, which is made up of three distinct jutting rocks that emerge from the sea. In fact, this natural wonder is so incredible that it’s been dubbed one of the most captivating landscapes in the world.

The name of the rocks, “Faraglioni”, is thought to stem from the Greek word “Pharos” which basically translates as “lighthouse”. Thousands and thousands of years ago, these kinds of coastal rock formations were used as lighthouses with fires burning at their tops to signal safe navigation.

The Faraglioni are particularly special because they rise up out of the ocean and are an enchanting shape. Most visitors explore their beauty by boat or from the soft sandy shores of Marina Piccola.
While there, keep your eyes peeled for a rare resident that calls the rocks home – the blue lizard. You’ll be able to spot it by its blue coloration that can only be found on the island of Capri.

The jutting rocks make for the perfect photo, capturing the scenic view of the Mediterranean Sea as well. Ranging from between 80 and 150 metres height, the Faraglioni Rocks are pretty impressive. Look out for Stella, the first rock, which is still attached to the coastline, Faraglione di Mezzo, the rock in the middle that features an arch, and Faraglione di Fuori.

Despite these three being the most famous of the Faraglioni Rocks, there is a fourth jutting formation that sits a little distance away from the main ones. Known as Monacone, it was named after the sea cows that once resided in the calm waters around Capri.

The Faraglioni rocks have been carved over millions of years through weathering and erosion by the ocean. Today, they are just stacks of rock that may have once been caves and archways. Experiencing them up close is a sight to behold, and there are numerous tours that run trips to the rocks and their surroundings.

During the trip, you can learn all about the rich natural history of the rocks and the importance they have on the island of Capri.

If you find yourself with time to explore on this glamorous island, be sure to check out the Faraglioni Rocks if you want to discover some of Italy’s most ancient landmarks – and don’t forget your camera for the perfect photo opportunity.

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