between culture and tradition

When one thinks of the city of Gaeta in general, the magnificent view of the Gulf of Gaeta with the village overlooking the sea comes to mind; the fishing boats that pass on the blue waters, the pines caressed by the gentle sea breeze and the low houses of the coast that look towards the sea. This picture postcard scenery certainly does not lack in the city and the walk along the seafront really gives these magnificent Mediterranean views. The visit of Gaeta can only start from the old part of the city.

The gastronomy of Gaeta is typically Mediterranean, where the protagonists are the black olives produced in the area and the catch of the gulf. A typical dish that is found almost everywhere, including trattorias and pizzerias, is the Tiella, a focaccia stuffed with olives, fresh tomatoes, vegetables or with the sea variant it can be found stuffed with polyps and anchovies. In the surroundings of Gaeta there is a lot to see: a suggested excursion is at the Monte Orlando where the riviera of Ulisse regional park also begins.

the Montagna Spaccata (split mountain)

The Sanctuary of the Holy Trinity, also called of the Split Mountain, is located on the western side of Mount Orlando, facing Serapo.
On it, in the 16th century, a chapel was built, reachable via a staircase that leads into the bowels of the mountain; along it, which runs through the narrow crack of rock, it is possible to notice on the right wall a Latin couplet with the so-called hand of the Turk beside it, the shape of a hand (the five fingers in the rock) which, according to legend, is it would have been formed at the moment when a “disbeliever” Turkish sailor, who did not believe, that is, in the story he had been told about the cause of the split in the rock, had leaned against the rock which miraculously became soft under his pressure forming the imprint of the hand.

about the neogothic

The temple of San Francesco is a Catholic place of worship in Gaeta, located in the historic center of the city, within the territory of the parish that insists on the cathedral of Santi Erasmo and Marciano and Santa Maria Assunta.
The church was built starting in 1283, thanks to the donations of Charles II of Anjou, as a place of worship attached to a convent founded by Francis of Assisi himself in 1222; in the second half of the 1850s it was radically restored in neo-gothic style on a project by Giacomo Guarinelli, thanks to the interest of Pope Pius IX and the funding of Ferdinando II delle Due Sicilie.

the suggestive

The beach of Serapo is the main beach of the municipality of Gaeta, about one kilometer from the city center.
The beach of fine sand, also simply called Serapo, is also a destination for Italian and foreign tourists, who crowd the beach establishments throughout the summer. It is about 1.5 km long and was given, almost entirely, in concession by the Municipality of Gaeta. Once this beach was a dune, but tons of sand were used to make bottles, from the glassworks, opened in 1911 between the Corso and Serapo and the beach was considerably reduced in width.

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