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IT 28 Secche della Meloria (1709) (Torre della Meloria)

The Secche della Meloria is a large and very dangerous shoal extending to the northwest of Livorno. The first tower was built by Genoa, which controlled this coast until a decisive naval battle in 1284, within sight of the shoal, established Pisa's independence. A second tower was built in 1598, and the third was ordered in 1709 by Cosimo III de' Medici, Grand Duke of Tuscany. However, it is not clear whether any of these towers actually carried a light. Located on the shoal about 6 km west of Livorno. Accessible only by boat. ARLHS # ITA-290

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