Gaeta in South Lazio

Gaeta is a picturesque coastal town in South Lazio in Central Italy, situated near to the southern border of Lazio and the Campania region. It has a dramatic scenic backdrop the Aurunci Mountains and is surrounded by the deep blue sparkling sea. Gaeta is built on a peninsula which reaches out into the Tyrrhenian Sea.  On one side it encloses the spectacular Gulf of Gaeta, a broad sweep of bay which stretches down towards Naples. On the other is the wide expanse of golden sand of Serapo.

Places To Visit In Gaeta

Gaeta has many interesting places to visit. These include the old Medieval quarter with its ancient castle. Down by the seafront is the port and harbour and the district of Porto Salvo, once known as Elena. Here there is the long shopping street of Via Independenza. Gaeta has numerous historic churches to visit, not forgetting the beautiful Cathedral of Sant’Erasmo and San Marciano with its Byzantine bell tower.

On the headland of Monte Orlando there a beautiful protected natural park with numerous trails, rocky cliffs and wonderful sea views. Here there is the Sanctuary and you can explore the Grotto del Turco and visit the tiny chapel of the Crucifix. At the summit stands the Roman mausoleum of Lucius Plancus and the lighthouse. 

Gaeta Beaches

Gaeta has some beautiful sandy beaches. The main beach is named Serapo. It is conveniently located close to the town centre and has a wide expanse of golden sand. It has many colourful lido establishments. Close to Gaeta there are other beaches to visit such as Fontania, Quaranta Remi, Ariana, Tre Centro Gradini and Sant’Agostino. 

Serapo Beach and Monte Orlando in Gaeta Italy
Arenauta Beach near Gaeta in Italy
Sant'Agostino Beach near Gaeta Italy

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A  Note  of  Thanks

My sincere thanks to all the people who have kindly given me permission to use their photos on this Gaeta section of the South Lazio website. Thank you to Domenico Feola, Patrick Abbott, Luigi Versaggi. Thank you also to the photographers who have shared their photos via a Creative Commons Licence …… accordingly the photos have been accredited to the photographer / owner / licence. Please note that images marked with * are in the public domain. All other photos I have taken myself and belong to me © Louise Shapcott. I ask you kindly – please do not copy or re-use any of the photos without requesting permission.

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