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G. Erra

Gaeta, the "Pearl of the Tyrrhenian"

Gaeta is one of the most beautiful cities in south-central Italy. It's an extremely popular summertime destination because of its 7 fabulous beaches. Whenever you visit, you'll find plenty to do, from hiking Monte Orlando to seeing ancient ruins to wandering the old, narrow streets to shop and eat.

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Where to Stay


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Villa Irlanda Grand Hotel
G.:Villa Irlanda Grand Hotel, in a former convent, is a luxurious option. (Tip: Summer weekends are often booked by wedding parties, lasting well past midnight.)
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Hotel Gajeta
G.:Near the old city, Hotel Gajeta, on the Lungomare, is a reliable hotel in a historic building.
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Lions Residence
G.:The Lions Residence, operated by the English-speaking Viola family, rents apartments with small kitchens by the day or week – perfect for budget-conscious travelers or families wishing to prepare their own meals.
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Bed and Breakfast "the Old Man and The Sea" - Gaeta
G.:This small B&B lies in the historic centre of Gaeta, just 2 minutes' walk from the marina. All bright rooms come with free Wi-Fi and views of the Tyrrhenian Sea.
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Bed and Bike Gaeta
G.:Situated 2.7 km from Sanctuary of Montagna Spaccata, Bed&Bike Gaeta features accommodation with free bikes, a terrace and a shared kitchen for your convenience. Free WiFi is offered.
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StellaDelGolfo B&B
G.:Located 2.6 km from Sanctuary of Montagna Spaccata, b&b stella del golfo offers a shared lounge, a bar and free WiFi.
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Il Quartuccio
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Summit Hotel
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Top Things to Do

These are some of the top things I recommend for people visiting Gaeta for the first time.

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Gaeta Medievale
G.:Gaeta's tiny old city offers something for everyone. Stroll along the Lungomare (sea road) and watch fishermen ply their trade. Look up and see the walls of the Angevin-Aragonese castle, thick and strong, high above the city. (Unfortunately, you can't visit the castle because the Italian military uses it.) The Romanesque bell tower tucked away between buildings in the old city, was built in 915. Walk right up to it and look closely at the building materials. You'll see blocks with carvings on them. Thrifty builders re-used items from ancient structures when they erected the tower.
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Sanctuary of Montagna Spaccata
G.:Don't miss Montagna Spaccata, or Split Mountain, on Monte Orlando. To get there, enter the Sanctuary of the Holy Trinity, a monastery complex run by the missionary P.I.M.E. Fathers. Look for signs to the Grotta del Turco (Grotto of the Turk) and follow the crowds. The cliffs overlooking the sea are split from top to bottom. Locals say that the mountain was cleaved in two at the moment Christ died on Calvary. Take the path down to the Grotto to visit this cavern, carved out of the mountain by the sea itself.
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Cappella dell'Immacolata Concezione (Cappella d'oro)
G.:The Cappella d'Oro (Golden Chapel), a chapel in the Annunziata church, was made famous by Pope Pius IX. He was in exile here in Gaeta when he officially announced the dogma of the Immaculate Conception of Mary from this chapel on December 8, 1854.
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Spiaggia di Serapo
G.:Gaeta's seven beaches are deservedly popular, with sparkling water, white sand and well-run lidos (pay-to-use beaches). Most visitors head to Serapo Beach, the closest to downtown.
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Parco Monte Orlando
G.:Monte Orlando, the prominent hill separating new Gaeta from the old city, has been designated an urban nature park. Hike to the top for stunning views of the sea. You can hike to the top for stunning views of the sea. On the mountain, you'll also find the ancient Roman Mausoleum of Lucius Muniatus Plancus.
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Spiaggia di Sant' Agostino
G.:Surfers know that the best waves (and sunsets) are found at Sant'Agostino Beach, north of town.

For Foodies

The list of amazing places for foodies in Gaeta could become a VERY long one... So just to get you started, here are some of my favorite places to wine and dine in Gaeta, ranging from must-try touristy spots to hidden hole-in-the-wall gems...

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G.:If you're looking for an elegant beachfront restaurant, head to Cycas
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Re Ferdinando
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Antico Vico
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Neighborhoods, towns and places

The best way to experience Gaeta and the Gulf Area is through its many different neighborhoods and neighboring towns. Here are some of my favorite spots to hang out.

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  1. Villa Irlanda Grand Hotel
  2. Hotel Gajeta
  3. Lions Residence
  4. Bed and Breakfast "the Old Man and The Sea" - Gaeta
  5. Bed and Bike Gaeta
  6. Hotel & Bar Sabbia D'Oro
  7. StellaDelGolfo B&B
  8. Il Quartuccio
  9. Villa Fantasia B & B
  10. Volver
  11. Summit Hotel
  12. Gaeta Medievale
  13. Sanctuary of Montagna Spaccata
  14. Tempio di San Francesco d’Assisi
  15. Cappella dell'Immacolata Concezione (Cappella d'oro)
  16. Spiaggia di Serapo
  17. Parco Monte Orlando
  18. Spiaggia di Sant' Agostino
  19. Cycas
  20. Re Ferdinando
  21. Ristorante Masaniello
  22. Food & Wine Tasting In A Local Cellar
  23. Antico Vico
  24. Comeilmare
  25. Hostaria la Rete
  26. Colosseum, Roman Forum, Palatine Hill Skip The Lines Tour
  27. Private Vatican Museum Tour

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