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Travel Guide

Gaeta featuring general coastal views, a coastal town and a city

Explore the sea coves of the mountain park, the churches of the historic center and the golden beaches in the outskirts of this town perched on a promontory.

Gaeta is a picturesque fishing port commune with beaches, museums and views of the Mediterranean Sea. The town has an intriguing history entwined with military fortifications dating back to the Romans. Many relics remain in the buildings and walls as reminders of the former ruling dynasties.

Descend the stairs from the mossy mountain at the southern part of town to sea level at Turk’s Cave at the southwestern tip. The cove contains rocks with an opening that looks out to the sea through the rupture of Monte Orlando, a promontory that holds a forest and a mausoleum. Hike or cycle along the paths through the Monte Orlando Park.

Northeast of the mountain is the historic center of town. Watch fishermen in action beside the old city walls. See the 10th-century Romanesque bell tower and visit the famous Golden Chapel of Annunziata Church.

After sightseeing in the historic center, enjoy the glorious beaches. Serapo Beach is just west of town and has flat terrain. Head farther west to sunbathe on the golden sand of Ariana Beach. Gaze up at the green hills surrounding the picturesque bay. Surf at Sant’Agostino, where you will catch the best waves. Several other lidos line the coast beside the town.

The region’s pleasant climate is a major attraction for visitors, with dry and warm summers best for enjoying the beaches. Locals speak a distinctive Italian dialect that retains certain elements from Latin. Try the region’s specialty, tiella, which resembles a pizza with stuffing, such as calamari and hot pepper. Seafood is also popular here.

The town overlooks the Gulf of Gaeta on Italy’s western coast, between the cosmopolitan giants of Rome and Naples. It is in the Latina province in the region of Lazio. Arrive at Capodichino Airport and rent a car for the 60-mile (100-kilometer) journey north to Gaeta.

Gaeta caters to all manner of vacationers with its three sections: beaches, historic structures and mountainous forest.

Hotel Mirasole International
Hotel Mirasole International
4 out of 5
Via Firenze, 5, Gaeta, LT
The price is £77 per night from 12 May to 12 May
Located in the heart of Gaeta, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Parco Regionale Riviera di Ulisse and Serapo Beach. Turk's Cave and Gulf of Gaeta are also ...
4.3/5Excellent! (130 reviews)
"Much better than the Hotel Gajeta. Updated hotel in a nice location."

Reviewed on 17 Apr 2021

Hotel Mirasole International
Hotel Serapo
Hotel Serapo
3 out of 5
Spiaggia di Serapo, Via Firenze 11, Gaeta, LT
The price is £57 per night from 30 May to 30 May
Nestled on the beach, this Gaeta hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Parco Regionale Riviera di Ulisse and Serapo Beach. Fontania and Turk's Cave are also within ...
3.8/5Good! (183 reviews)
Location nice, rooms devastating
"The location is excellent so we hope the hotel does some renovation. It feels more like an old retirement home or hospital than a hotel. The “wellness center” should be a museum as the machines are the same you would find in a museum or trash dump, very dangerous at best. There is no floor, workers ..."

Reviewed on 26 Sep 2019

Hotel Serapo
Villa Irlanda Grand Hotel
Villa Irlanda Grand Hotel
4 out of 5
Via Lungomare Caboto, 6, Gaeta, LT
Free cancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is £78 per night from 16 May to 16 May
Situated on the waterfront, this hotel is 0.1 mi (0.1 km) from Spiaggia di Vindicio and 3.1 mi (5 km) from Serapo Beach. Gulf of Gaeta and Port of Formia are ...
4.3/5Excellent! (224 reviews)
"Outstanding property.It was like staying at a beautiful villa on a well maintained estate. Lush landscaping with a beautiful view of the Gulf ans the Latina hill country. Great breakfast buffet and restaurant on property for a tasty Italian dinner. In season or out of season the attention to detail ..."

Reviewed on 25 Oct 2019

Villa Irlanda Grand Hotel
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5 Aug 2019

My family are from Gaeta and I still have family living there. I have been coming to Gaeta for many years and it is the most beautiful and unique place for me. It really does have everything and it is within driving distance of other beautiful places

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