“My heart is here” — The last light keeper of Capri prepares to leave his post

In most of today’s world, lighthouse keeping in the traditional sense is a thing of history. Automated modern optics require little in the way of human attention; in the United States, only one lighthouse (Boston Light) still has an official keeper employed by the federal government.

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Punta Carena Lighthouse, Italy. Wikimedia Commons photo by Dr Tr from Saint-Petersburg, Russia

Italy has been slower than many countries to automate and de-staff their light stations, but come January 1, 2019, almost all Italian lighthouses will be automated. The BBC has published a compelling article about Carlo D’Oriano, the 88th and final keeper of the Punta Carena Lighthouse. Click here to read it.

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