The Harbour and Port of Gaeta
On one side of the peninsula of Monte Orlando is the harbour of Gaeta. There is the long coastal road along the seafront named Lungomare Giovanni Caboto and also Via Bausan. At the far end is promontary of Punta Stendaro. Here is the Guardia di Finanza Naval School and its training ship.
Giovanni Caboto or John Cabot of Gaeta
A little further along the seafront Lungomare di Caboto, in the direction of the centre of Gaeta, is a memorial to the Italian born explorer Giovanni Caboto (John Cabot), who was born in Gaeta. By 1476 he was recorded as living in Venice. He became an navigator and explorer, and lived in Valencia in Spain between the years of 1490 and 1493 before moving to Bristol in 1495. In 1493, when reports reached England of the westward passage of Christopher Columbus across the Atlantic Ocean, Cabot began to make plans for a more direct crossing, to what he believed to be Asia. His ship was named the Matthew. Cabot set sail from Bristol in May 1497 on a more northerly course, and eventually landed on what is now called Cape Breton Island. Then he continued his voyage sailing along the coasts of Labrador, Newfoundland, and New England.
The Gulf of Gaeta
As you look across the Gulf of Gaeta you can see the dramatic Aurunci Mountains sweeping down to the sea. Nestling in the foothills you can make out the neighbouring towns of Formia, Maranola and Castellonorato. Continuing along the seafront there is the large and very fashionable yachting marina of the Base Nautica Flavio Gioia. Here it is possible to charter boats and organise local boat trips.
The American Flagship USS Mount Whitney of Gaeta
Gaeta has been the home port for the flag ship of the U.S. Sixth Fleet since 1967. The base was located on Monte Orlando, overlooking the Gulf of Gaeta. In recent years, however, the US Navy had been downsizing its presence in the Mediterranean, and the number of staff in Gaeta has been cut dramatically. The current flagship is the USS Mount Whitney, which superceded the USS LaSalle.
Continuing along the seafront you next come to the area known as Porto Salvo.
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