Out Of The Box: 7 Best Things To Do In Gaeta, Italy

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The problem for most tourists is not that they do not have things to do when on vacation but that they have too many things to choose from. This list is designed to make their choices easier. The following are the 7 best things that a tourist can do while on vacation in Gaeta, Italy

1. Sant'Agostino Beach: surf your troubles away

Sant'Agostino Beach
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Surfing is a great way to relax and wash away your troubles. Sant'Agostino Beach is one of the leading surfing spots in Europe. If you are a master of the surf, this is probably the beach you want to go to. If you are not, it is still a great beach to suntan, spend a nice afternoon, or enjoy a romantic evening picnic. Beaches are a great way to ease stress and worries. Take time to walk in the sand and watch the sun go down, or if you are an early riser, watch the sun come up. Seeing a good sunrise is always worth missing a little sleep.

Sant'Agostino Beach

Address: SR213, 995, 04024 Gaeta LT

2. Monte Orlando: hike to the sky

Gaeta e il Monte Orlando visti da Formia
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Get a bird’s eye view of both the village of Gaeta and the ocean. Feel the warm ocean breeze on your face as you stand at the top of this mountain. Explore the castle and upper town as you experience this photographer’s paradise. Beautiful 360 degree photos can be taken. You will become the envy of your photography friends when you show them the pictures you took from this mountain. Then, when you are finished with your photo shoot, relax at one of the many cafes that dot the landscape and revel in your photo taking ability

Monte Orlando

Address: 04024 Gaeta, Province of Latina, Italy

Website: Parco Monte Orlando

3. Montagna Spaccata: no split personality here

Gaeta montagna spaccata
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Don’t be fooled by the legend, no one really knows why the rock split. The division is mystifying, yet there is nothing mysterious about Montagna Spaccata. It may be a split rock but it does not have a split personality. The beauty of this location will overwhelm you as you walk through its many paths. The view of the ocean is spectacular. You can add to your enjoyment by sitting at the nearby local cafe, having a beverage of your choice, watching the world go by.

Montagna Spaccata

Address: Via Ss. Trinita, 304024, Gaeta, Italy

4. Capella d'Oro: exiled

Gaeta, Cappella d'Oro
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Pope Pius IX may have been exiled to this lovely little sanctuary but you won’t be. You will be able to come and go as you please. Marvel at the craftsmanship and artistry that this sanctuary possesses. Wonder at its unique and exquisite charm. This little sanctuary will provide you with a sense of awe with its beauty and overwhelm you with its atmosphere. This is a must see sight that every tourist needs to behold.

Capella d'Oro

Address: Gaeta Italy

Website: Capella d'Oro

5. Gaeta's tiny Old City: revel in the past

Gaeta, piazzale Giovanni Caboto
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Take a walk through history as you wander the streets of Old Town Gaeta. Walking into the past is a great way to unwind as you see the sites. Experience the old world charm as you enter the different shops and cafes that populate the area, which incorporate ancient Roman ruins. You will love the designs of the different buildings as they display their unique beauty. Walking through the old streets of Gaeta will allow you to see history up close and personal.

Gaeta Old Town

Location: Gaeta, Italy

6. Gaeta restaurants: tourists travel by their tummies

Oliva di Gaeta
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They say that an army travels on its stomach. This observation is valid for tourists as they also travel through their tummies. Tourists are always in search of unique and fascinating little restaurants or cafes to sate their hunger. Gaeta is full of such places as it offers a variety of different ethnic foods to meet the most sophisticated palette. If you want pizza, then there are great pizzerias in this little town. If you want a romantic night out, then Gaeta has what you want. There is a food option in Gaeta for everyone. One thing is for sure the tourist will never go hungry in this little vacation spot.

Gaeta's restaurants: Pizzeria del Porto

Address: Via Bausan, 40, 04024 Gaeta LT

Website: Pizzeria del Porto

7. Grotta del Turco

Gaeta
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See the beautiful Grotta del Turco. It is only 300 steps down to sea level where you can watch the water play with the light. See where pirates of old hid while waiting for their next prey. Unfortunately, for safety reasons those steps may be closed to the public. But you can still feel the excitement of those old time pirates and their thirst for booty as you stand at the top and look down into the Grotta del Turco and the sea. This is an excellent side trip on your way to or back from other landmarks.

Grotta del Turco

Address: Via Santissima Trinità, 04024 Gaeta LT

Website: Grotta del Turco

A few words

Gaeta
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Making decisions about your vacation is never easy, so turning to lists like this can help you plan your trip. For any tourist, the hard part is trimming down what you want to see or experience. Your time on vacation is limited and there is always more to see than you have time for. Lists like these help make that decision making a lot easier as you can learn more about the best places to go in Gaeta or some other locale. Take your time as you plan your next holiday and make each attraction worth your time and money.

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