The Faraglioni Rocks of Capri

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Emerging out of the depths of the Tyrrhenian Sea are mammoth rock formations.

I experience a magical moment when I first see the towering “sea stacks” located at the southern end of the island of Capri. They cause me to pause and to wonder about their splendor.

Fraglioni Rocks at Capri Photo by Margie MiklasA result of forceful winds and raging seas, these three Faraglioni rocks inspire countless photographers who attempt to capture their beauty. Translated, Faraglioni means “ones of the light,” and reflections of light from the azure sea create a constantly changing vision just off the Amalfi Coast and Sorrentine peninsula.

Amalfi Coast - view from Monte Solaro Chairlift in Capri Photo by Margie MiklasI am mesmerized as my ferry approaches Capri and all three Faraglioni come into a clear view. The largest and closest to Capri is attached to land by a short isthmus. Known as Stella, or Faraglioni di terra, the dramatic pinnacle reaches a height of 365 feet, or 110 meters.

The middle stone formation, called Faraglioni di Mezzo, is recognized by its natural archway, which delights photographers who might be able to perfectly frame a passing boat within its walls.

The shortest of the three rocks, Faraglioni di Fuori, peaks at 265 feet or 80 meters. Also known as Scopolo, it is the home to the blue lizard, which is found nowhere else in the world.

Approaching Capri - Photo by Margie MiklasThese iconic symbols associated with the isle of Capri welcome me with grandeur.

~Excerpt from my latest book,  Colors of Naples and the Amalfi Coast.

Colors of Naples and the Amalfi Coast by Margie MiklasIf you like this post, you may be interested in my book, available either on, or directly through me. I’d be happy to send you an autographed copy for the same price ($24.99) plus shipping ($5.01).  International shipping costs are higher. Contact me at

Have you taken a ferry to Capri and passed by these  Faraglioni rocks?  I’d love to hear your feedback, so please leave a comment.

Thank you Diana for leaving a comment with a link to the Dolce and Gabbana commercial filmed here. (I’ve added it to my post).

Ciao and grazie.







21 Responses

    • margieinitaly

      THANKS SHERRY–I’m so excited for you…Where are you going this time?

    • margieinitaly

      Thank you Diana..This commercial is amazing. I had not seen it before..Thanks so much for sharing..I may amend my post and embed it into it…

  1. imarancher

    This really is a good book to take home. Each page has a beautiful photo as well as a short, pithy verse or two on the subject matter.

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