Infographics on the trail for Capo Figari

Here are the infographics on the path up to Capo Figari, to retrace the footsteps of Guglielmo Marconi
Infographic Promontorio Capo Figari the origins of Wireless Olivasto Lentisco
Sergio Atzori
Sergio Atzori
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Here you will find a excursus of the infographics on the path up to to retrace Guglielmo Marconi's footsteps in .

In the footsteps of Marconi at Golfo Aranci

See photographs and read the full text of the posters included in the 'Historical - Cultural - Naturalistic Route Golfo Aranci to Capo Figari'.

Infographic in Cala Moresca

Infographics on the trail for Capo Figari
Infographic next to the gate

Guglielmo Marconi at Capo Figari

In the summer of 1932, Capo Figari was the scene of Guglielmo Marconi's microwave-modulated radiotelephony and redio-telegraphy experiments. The famous scientist arrived at Golfo Aranci on 10 August aboard the Elettra, his laboratory ship purchased in 1919, and the following day the equipment (the receiving reflector) was transported to Capo Figari so that in the afternoon reception tests were carried out from Rocca di Papa (269 km away). After appropriate adjustments, the results were excellent until sunset while during the evening hours it was confirmed that the signals suffered a strong attenuation. The experiments ended around midnight.

Cala Moresca

Cala Moresca is the most famous of the inlets on the Gulf-Adriatic coastline, and derives its name from the figu morisca, the name given in Sardinian to the prickly pear. One can still see the abandoned remains of the industrial lime production facilities, activated by the Tamponi family between the 1950s and 1960s. The small stazzo, once inhabited by the plant caretaker, also belongs to the aforementioned family, as does the entire peninsula of Capo Figari.

Seagull Course

The Corsican gull nests in late spring and the eggs hatch almost a month after laying with the male helping the female in hatching.


Where to eat

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Infographic junction Capo Figari - Punta Filasca

Infographics on the trail for Capo Figari
Infographic Bivio Punta Filasca E Cimitero Inglesi

The yacht Elettra

Purchased in 1919 and transformed by Marconi into a floating laboratory, for almost two decades the yacht Elettra sailed the length and breadth of the Mediterranean for mainly scientific purposes. Memorable were the radio signal that from the port of Genoa lit up the lights of Sydney Town Hall in Australia (1930) and the first "blind navigation" experiment in the port of Sestri Levante (1934). It was on board the Elettra, during cruises that could last several months, that Marconi performed some of the experiments that paved the way for recent wireless developments.

English Cemetery

To go up to the traffic lights at Capo Figari continue to the left, the path indicated on the right leads you in the direction of (possibly named after the shipwreck of a Greek ship in 1888), where there is a small shipwreck cemetery, known as the English or British Cemetery, due to the presence of a grave of sailor G. C. Bradshaw, sailor of the British ship HMS Vulcan that stopped at Golfo Aranci in June 1900. The first burials are from the year 1887.

Tufted Marangoni

The tufted plover spreads its wings after diving to dry its feathers. Unlike other birds, it does not have enough insulating fat.

Sea view billboard on path Capo Figari

In the signposts on the path up to the of Golfo Aranci you can find interesting information about the local fauna, the and on the typical plants of Sardinia.

Infographics on the trail for Capo Figari
Infographic Promontory Capo Figari The Origins Of Wireless Olivasto Lentisco

The Origins of Wireless

In the last years of the 19th century, the 20-year-old Guglielmo Marconi had started the peaceful revolution in radio communications. Born in Bologna in 1874, the young Marconi matured his desire to become an inventor at a very young age and in Villa Griffone - his father's house located in the foothills of Bologna - he carried out his first wireless telegraphy experiments in 1895. That house is now home to the Marconi Foundation and Museum where the inventor's beginnings and developments in wireless telegraphy from Marconi's beginnings to today are recounted

Promontory of Capo Figari

The promontory of Capo Figari (m. 342 asl) bounds the Gulf of which in turn is closed to the south by the promontory of Capo Caraso and the island of with which Capo Figari shares its limestone geological origin. The place-name Figari must once have encompassed a much larger area, including the isthmus where Golfo Aranci rose in the 1880s, reaching as far as the Gulf of Marinella. In classical antiquity, the promontory was called Columbarium promontorium.


Known for its many properties, it produces a resin that tones the skin and prevents it from ageing.


The wild olive tree has an extraordinary longevity, believed to be up to a thousand years old.

Billboard before reaching traffic lights

Infographics on the trail for Capo Figari
Infographic Promontorio Capo Figari L'Unione Sarda The Semaphore Falco Pellegrino

The traffic light of Capo Figari

The Semaforo, located on the summit of Capo Figari (342 metres above sea level), was inaugurated in 1890 and built by the Regia Marina for the purpose of communicating and providing information to ships in traffic through the use of combinations of flags, signals and semaphore masts. In 1905 it passed to the Ministry of Defence, while in 1932 important experiments in radiotelegraphy and microwave telephony were carried out by Guglielmo Marconi. The building. Now reduced to ruins, the complex was finally abandoned in the late 1950s.

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