Cape Miseno

Capo Miseno Lightouse
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Capo Miseno Lightouse
Cape Miseno is located in Campania
Cape Miseno
Location Capo Miseno
Coordinates 40°46′41.71″N 14°05′20.19″E / 40°46′41.71″N 14°05′20.19″E / 40.7782528; 14.0889417
Year first constructed 1856 (first)
Year first lit 1950s (current)
Construction masonry tower
Tower shape cylindrical tower with balcony and lantern attached to the seaward corner of a 2-storey keeper’s house
Markings / pattern white tower
Height 12 metres (39 ft)
Focal height 80 metres (260 ft)
Current lens type L2
Range main: 16 nautical miles (30 km; 18 mi)
reserve: 12 nautical miles (22 km; 14 mi)
Characteristic Fl (2) W 10s.
Admiralty number E1620
NGA number 9380
ARLHS number ITA-027
Italy number 2402 E.F.
Managing agent

Marina Militare [1]


Cape Miseno ( Italian: Capo Miseno, Latin: Misenum, Ancient Greek: Μισήνον) is the headland that marks the northwestern limit of the Gulf of Naples as well as the Bay of Pozzuoli in southern Italy. The cape is directly across from the island of Procida and is named for Misenus, a character in Virgil's Aeneid.


Capo Miseno

Historically, the cape was important to the Romans since it was a natural shelter for passage into the inner harbor of Portus Julius, the home port for the Roman western imperial fleet. Mythologically, important sections of the Aeneid play out in the Gulf of Naples: This is where Aeneas' comrade, Misenus, master of the sea-horn — the conch-shell — made "the waves ring" with his music and challenged the sea-god Triton to musical battle. He was dashed into the sea and killed by "jealous Triton". Then:

"...Pious Aeneas
sets up a mighty tomb above Misenus
bearing his arms, a trumpet, and an oar;
it stands beneath a lofty promontory,
now known as Cape Misenus after him:
it keeps a name that lasts through all the ages."
(trans. Allen Mandelbaum. The Aeneid. Bantam. 1981)
Other Languages
español: Cabo Miseno
Esperanto: Kabo Miseno
français: Cap Misène
italiano: Capo Miseno
magyar: Misenói-fok
norsk nynorsk: Miseno