The Faraglioni Rocks of Capri

faraglioni-rockEmerging 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.




About Margie Miklas

An award-winning author, Margie Miklas writes medical thrillers and travel memoirs about Italy, a place which has captured her passion for travel. She is also the creator and owner of the travel blog, Margie in Italy, and a contributing writer for an Italian-American newspaper. A retired critical-care nurse, she enjoys spending time with her family, including her three cats. Her favorite place is the beach, and she likes learning new computer skills, when she is not writing. A member of the Florida Writers Association, Margie makes her home in Florida.
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20 Responses to The Faraglioni Rocks of Capri

  1. Tony says:

    Absolutely beautiful! Can’t wait to see this up close and personal. 🙂

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  2. I remember taking a boat trip around these beauties in 1976!

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  3. Ishita says:

    Your book is worth every penny. I remember these words ❤

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  4. imarancher says:

    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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  5. I love those rocks and there is nothing like being up close and personal with them and the blue waters.

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  6. Diana says: Is the is the place??? I love this commercial…they play a version of it every year….

    your photos are fab!

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  7. Absolutely, Margie – no matter what angle you see them from – on the water level or up on the hill – they take your breath away!

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  8. Love that commercial…wish it was longer:) Really nice post, Margie!

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  9. What a beautiful way to start my morning! Stunning photos of a stunning place.

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  10. I have several pictures of the rocks from our trip to Italy two years ago!! Going back again in September!! I can’t wait!!


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