Hike local: Gaeta, Italy

Panorama of New Gaeta with Serapo Beach on the left (west) & the Gaeta Harbor on the right (east), taken from a point mid-way up Monte Orlando (which separates New Gaeta on the west from the Medieval Quarter on the east, Italy

Panorama of New Gaeta with Serapo Beach on the left (west) & the Gaeta Harbor on the right (east), taken from a point mid-way up Monte Orlando (which separates New Gaeta on the west from the Medieval Quarter on the east, Italy

 

Gaeta, Italy is a city in Lazio in central Italy, 120 kilometers (75 miles) south of Rome [see our previous blog post].  It is set on a promontory stretching towards the Gulf of Gaeta.  The town has played a conspicuous part in military history with fortifications dating back to Roman times.  A small group of us did an all morning hike starting in the Medieval Quarter and proceeding up and around Monte Orlando to the top.  Along the way we had excellent views of the city and the surrounding area.  Our descent brought us back to the Medieval Quarter where we thoroughly enjoyed some late morning coffee and an Italian pasty.

 

Located less than 1 mile (1.6 km) from the downtown area, Serapo is Gaeta’s main beach; it won a Blue Flag designation in 2015 from the Foundation for Environmental Education that the beach meets stringent standards for safety

Located less than 1 mile (1.6 km) from the downtown area, Serapo is Gaeta’s main beach; it won a Blue Flag designation in 2015 from the Foundation for Environmental Education that the beach meets stringent standards for safety

 

The view of New Gaeta looking out towards Gaeta Harbor is punctuated by the tower of city hall, Gaeta, Italy

The view of New Gaeta looking out towards Gaeta Harbor is punctuated by the tower of city hall, Gaeta, Italy

 

Looking west past the promontory point in Parco Regionale Monte Orlando on our hike to the top of the mountain, Gaeta, Italy

Looking west past the promontory point in Parco Regionale Monte Orlando on our hike to the top of the mountain, Gaeta, Italy

 

 

Closed when we hiked by on the way up the mountain, the inside of Museo Ferdinando was quite photogenic, Gaeta, Italy

Closed when we hiked by on the way up the mountain, the inside of Museo Ferdinando was quite photogenic, Gaeta, Italy

 

A view of Gaeta Harbor and New Gaeta from the top of Monte Orlando, Gaeta, Italy

A view of Gaeta Harbor and New Gaeta from the top of Monte Orlando, Gaeta, Italy

 

The façade of Chiesa St. Francesco – dating back to a monastery built in 1222 that was founded by Francis of Assisi and then converted to a church in the 14th century, Gaeta, Italy

The façade of Chiesa St. Francesco – dating back to a monastery built in 1222 that was founded by Francis of Assisi and then converted to a church in the 14th century, Gaeta, Italy

 

Our ship anchored in Gaeta Harbor with the plaza in front of Chiesa St. Francesco in the foreground, Gaeta, Italy

Our ship anchored in Gaeta Harbor with the plaza in front of Chiesa St. Francesco in the foreground, Gaeta, Italy

 

The interior of Chiesa St. Francesco, Gaeta, Italy

The interior of Chiesa St. Francesco, Gaeta, Italy

 

The ribbed ceiling and windows of Chiesa St. Francesco, Gaeta, Italy

The ribbed ceiling and windows of Chiesa St. Francesco, Gaeta, Italy

 

2 thoughts on “Hike local: Gaeta, Italy

  1. Rich,

    The second picture seems to show the beaches almost completely covered with rows of chairs. Is that the case? If so, there seems to be no place to lie on the beach and get sun; and the idea of all those people sitting in rows to watch the tide come in and go out is mind-boggling.

    Paul

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