Gaeta Yacht Med Festival

At the end of April each year the town of Gaeta holds a week-long event named the Gaeta Yacht Med Festival.  The festival focuses on the local economy of the sea, sailing, fishing, together with the environment, culture and tourism. Gaeta has a long maritime history and has long been a busy trading port. The main produce to be exported from Gaeta are table olives, which are grown on the local hillsides of Itri, but are more commonly known as Gaeta Olives.

Porthole Gaeta Italy
The Yacht Med Festival in Gaeta Italy
The Harbour of Medieval Gaeta in Italy

Lining the seafront boulevard of Lungomare Giovanni Caboto that leads to historic Medieval Quarter of Gaeta and Punto Stendardo, there are an array of stalls promoting all things maritime and nautical. Of course there is always an selection of classy boats on show, with prices to match. The Guardia di Finanza often open their training ship to the public.

The Seafront Lungo Mare Giovanni Caboto

Harbour and Medieval Centre of Gaeta Yacht Med Festival Italy
Harbour and Medieval Centre of Gaeta Yacht Med Festival Italy
The Yacht Med Festival in Gaeta Italy
Wooden Ship in Gaeta Italy
Yacht in Gaeta Italy
Rowing Contest in Gaeta Italy

Models and Replicas of Old Wooden Ships

Replica of a Wooden Ship in Gaeta Italy
Replica of a Wooden Ship in Gaeta Italy
Model Wooden Ship in Gaeta Italy

Exhibition of Maritime History

Naval Exhibition in Gaeta Italy
Cannon in Naval Exhibition in Gaeta Italy
Naval Exhibition in Porta San Carlo Gaeta Italy

Craft Stalls

There are also many stalls promoting local crafts such as ceramics and stramme work, and also stalls selling local produce and gastronomy. Other booths represent local natural parks in the area of Latina and Lazio and also the environment.

Stramme work Gaeta Yacht Med Festival in Gaeta Italy
Shell Crafts Gaeta Yacht Med Festival in Gaeta Italy
Ceramics Gaeta Yacht Med Festival in Gaeta Italy
Mermaid Gaeta Yacht Med Festival in Italy
Owl and Hedgehog
Falcon
Stramme work Gaeta Yacht Med Festival in Gaeta Italy

Food Stalls Selling Local Delicacies

Gaeta Olives at the Yacht Med Festival in Gaeta Italy Italy
Exhibition of Wine Making Equipment in Gaeta Italy
Taralli Biscuits

There are many types of entertainment such rowing competitions, demonstrations by teams of flag throwers dressed in Medieval costumes (known as sbandieratori) and colourful troops of majorettes. There are also theatrical performances, poetry readings and musical concerts to suit all tastes. Finally on the last night the festival culminates in an impressive firework display.

Entertainment

Sbandiertori Performing in Gaeta Italy
Sbandiertori Performing in Gaeta Italy
Sbandiertori Performing in Gaeta Italy
Majorettes Performing at the Gaeta Yacht Med Festival in Italy
Little Majorette at the Gaeta Yacht Med Festival in Italy
Majorettes Performing in Gaeta Italy