On the spur of Mount Orlando there stands the peninsula of Gaeta, a town so ancient that, according to legend, it takes its name from Aeneas' nurse. It was a Maritime Republic and a place of vacation already appreciated in the times of the ancient Romans, as the numerous vestiges found in the area suggest.
Gaeta as we know it today is a seaside resort overlooking the Tyrrhenian sea that benefits from a temperate climate, state-of-the-art accommodation, beach facilities and many historical monuments and religious exemplars of different eras. Its coastline is a succession of beaches (S. Agostino, S. Vito, Arenauta, Ariana, Quaranta Remi, Fontania and, at this point part of the urban complex, Serapo), bordered by rocky spurs on which the Martello towers stand and along which bays and enchanting coves are located.
The ancient burg initially founded by fishermen and small farmers runs along Via Indipendenza, with its many typical shops. Between the neighborhood of S. Erasmo and the burg there lies the post-war settlement. The urban pattern of ancient Gaeta is typically medieval and it develops around the majestic Angevin-Aragonese Castle, made of two main bodies on which stand cylindrical towers and truncated cone-shaped towers, with the typical alleys, the walkways, the Norman bell towers, the walls forming the S. Erasmo district.
There are many different itineraries to choose from to discover Gaeta: fascinating paths full of surprises, natural beauties, history, art and culture. The sanctuary of Montagna Spaccata and Grotta del Turco, celebrated for its miraculous rift; the historical and naturalistic trail of Monte Orlando, a protected area within the Regional Park of the Ulysses Riviera overlooking the sea (declared by WWF a Blue Oasis), where powderpots and batteries dating from the Bourbon domination sprout in the Mediterranean scrub and along the cliffs; numerous historical and cultural sites such as the Mausoleum of L. Munazio Planco; the Medioeval District with its gates and churches that are not only important places of worship, but also small art galleries; let’s not forget the Gaeta Diocesan Museum, which houses the largest art collection in all of southern Lazio.
Gaeta should also be seen from the sea on boats that are not too big, allowing you to reach all seven beaches, the Blue Oasis and also to admire the promontory with its spectacular rifts rising steeply from the sea.
Our B&B La Dimora di Caboto is just minutes away from the Regional Park of Monte Orlando, where you can live every day in contact with nature and enjoy breathtaking views. Visitors will also have access to horseback riding or mountain biking.
The enchanting islands of Ponza and Ventotene can be easily visited by our custormers even on the same day: it’s only a few hours of navigation, with daily trips from the port of Formia.
GAETA CITY OF SEA, MYTH AND ART
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