Unique Rock Formations In Italy

My favorite rock from Italy is the one I got set at Scavia after my husband proposed on our terrace in Milan. But actually this post is about some very unique and (mostly) natural rock formations worth visiting. Bonus: they’re free, and not closed on Mondays.

Best Unique Rock formations in Italy For Daydreaming
Sardinia is sort of known for animal-shaped rocks: check out this giant bear, and the elephant above. I find the rocks in the La Maddalena archipelago, off Sardinia’s northern tip, particularly animal-laden. I can’t not see animals when looking at them (I mean, that’s obviously a polar bear below, right?). 


Polar bear la maddalena

Photo of Polar Bear in La Maddalena by Sanjay


Most Photographed Rocks

The three faraglioni (Stella, Mezzo, and Scupolo) rise from the sea off the island of Capri, which itself is off the Amalfi Coast and close to Naples. Take a boat out, and kiss your lover as you pass through the arch. This is probably the most accessible unique rock formation in Italy for a typical itinerary.


Faraglioni capri flickr paul tuna turner

Capri – Faraglioni Rocks 2” by Paul Turner used with permission


Most Artistic
Abruzzo’s La Morgia is a limestone rock-island in the middle of the countryside sort of kind of near Rome, famous for the sculpture that bridges its notch. The notch was made by dynamite during limestone mining, and Greek artist Costas Varotsos added the artwork: twenty meters wide and eleven meters high, the sculpture is made of steel and green glass and lit from behind, making it quite a landmark. 

La Morgia Abruzzo Italy

Photo by Maxbellisario via Wikimedia Commons, licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0

Most Fabled

Sicily is, of course, the Island of the Cyclops in Homer’s famous Odyssey. But the three tall column-shaped islands off the small town of Aci Trezza, on Sicily’s east coast, are referred to as the Islands of the Cyclops by the locals: they were allegedly the stones thrown at Odysseus.
Cyclops rocks

Photo by gnuckx via Flickr licensed under public domain


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