TREKKING TO GUGLIELMO MARCONI’S OBSERVATORY
path to the strange place that revolutionised sea communication
TREKKING TO MARCONI’S OBSERVATORY
Let’s go for a walk across beautiful landscapes and places that made history. From Golfo Aranci you’ll follow a beautiful path up Capo Figari to reach the Semaphore that scientist Guglielmo Marconi chose as an observatory for his experiments in wireless telecommunication.
WHO WAS GUGLIELMO MARCONI
Guglielmo Marconi was only twenty-two years old when he wrote the Italian Ministry of Post and Telegraphs about his invention of communication over the air to ask for financing. The Ministry never replied and instead filed his request “alla Longara”, the name of an asylum where they thought Marconi belonged. A different opinion had some of his British friends who invited him to London. Marconi proved his invention, got financed and founded the most successful telecommunication company of that time. In 1909 he received the Nobel Prize for “his contribution towards the telegraph without cables”.
WHY WAS HE AT CAPO FIGARI
Marconi set up a receiving station at the Semaphore of Capo Figari to prove the application of ultra-low frequencies to telecommunication with moving and stable objects at great distances. At the end of your trekking itinerary, you’ll be right where the receiving station was placed.
Capo Figari is the name of a 344 metres high rock promontory that from afar looks like a giant whale. In fact, the Natural Reserve shows high white cliffs jutting over the sea on one side, and small coves and turquoise waters at the end of a forgiving descent on the other.
The Mediterranean vegetation covering up the south side is home to an interesting variety of animal and plant wildlife.
Trekking to the Semaphore of Capo Figari is considered easy. It consists of about 8 km return from the highest point at 344 metres above sea level. Normal jogging shoes are fine as you’ll be following a path on a dirt road. Are you ready? Let’s begin