Lighthouses in Italy from Google Earth

Lighthouses in Italy in Google EarthIn a post at the Google Earth Community in late-August, someone called ‘bebop’ from Florence, Italy posted an excellent collection of placemarks for lighthouses in Italy . He has marked 72 lighthouses and includes photos, details about the lighthouse, and sometimes even links to websites and navigational information about the light’s characteristics (color, flash rate, etc.).
I found this collection interesting because in some of the placemarks you can see quite a lot of detail to these lighthouses. Many of the lighthouses have much different shapes to the ones seen in most of the United States. For example, I found one which is shaped to look like a ship’s rudder. Can you find it? If so, leave a comment here with the name of the placemark.

About Frank Taylor

Frank Taylor started the Google Earth Blog in July, 2005 shortly after Google Earth was first released. He has worked with 3D computer graphics and VR for many years and was very impressed with this exciting product. Frank completed a 5.5 year circumnavigation of the earth by sailboat in June 2015 which you can read about at Tahina Expedition, and is a licensed pilot, backpacker, diver, and photographer.


  1. [Kirk is the winner! – Frank]
    Monumento al Marinaio d’Italia, Brindisi
    Date Present Tower Built: 1933.
    Date Established: 1984.
    Description of Tower: rectangular tower with a sloping wall to represent a rudder.
    Tower Height: 53 meters.
    Characteristic and Range: 4 flashes every 20 seconds, visible for 17 nautical miles.
    Current Use: operational, active aid to navigation.
    The tower is the Monument to the Italian Sailor and sometimes it’s open to public.

  2. Wow, there are some beautiful and quite detailed images there. It is still surprising every time I see Google Earth images the level of detail they can get – it is almost scary.
    Google Earth live streaming will be next!

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