The “Lanterna” lighthouse is one of the most ancient still in service today. The exterior is formed by two towers divided by cornices with small pensil arches and the interior is occupied by steps leading from ground level to the light.
Situated on a rock on the western end of the Port of Genoa, Italy, it is known throughout the world as the emblem of Genoa. It is built on a rocky outcrop, the remains of Promontorio Hill which has been quarried for centuries for stone with which to build the city.
The Lanterna was built in 1543 on the site of an earlier lighthouse. It has always kept the seafaring people safe, enabling them to direct their boats towards a safe harbour from 33 miles away. Legend has it that the Republic government assassinated the architect by making him jump from the top of the lighthouse so that he couldn’t build a similar lighthouse for a rival city. The 120 metre tower is in all Genoese’s hearts, and when they see it they know that they are at home. If you can manage to climb the 375 steps to the top of the lighthouse you will be rewarded with a splendid view over the port and the whole bay.
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