Spiaggia di Punta Penna, Vasto

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Punta Penna Lighthouse is an active lighthouse in Vasto, Italy. At a height of 230ft it is the eighth tallest "traditional lighthouse" in the world, and the second tallest lighthouse in Italy after the Lantern of Genoa. It is located on strategically important spot in Via Madonna della Penna at the port of Vasto.
Built in 1906, it has repeatedly been the subject of reconstruction. In 1944, the retreating German army destroyed part of the old lighthouse and it was demolished. Reconstruction started in 1946 on a design of architect Olindo Tarcione. It was reopened again on May 2, 1948.
The lighthouse is unusual as it looks like a regular brick building with a two-story base which provided housing for the light keeper family and also houses some administrative offices.
A spiral staircase of 307 steps leads up to the summit.
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  • Very cute beach town, great places to eat by the beach and close to it. Plenty of cute shops around .  more »
  • Clear water, best sunset, clear beach, WC, info centar, but no parking avaliable except for motors, so the parking space is main problem if you are by car  more »
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