COMUNE DI GAETA
Rising on the spur of Monte Orlando is Gaeta, a maritime republic and holiday resort area since ancient Roman times, as evidenced by various vestiges remaining in the terri-tory. Today’s Gaeta is a bathing resort of the middle Tyrrhene that benefits highly from a temperate climate, receptive facilities and structures and good quality bathing beaches, in addition to ample historic, monumental and religious evidence, from various epochs. Its coastline is a sequence of beaches (S.Agostino, S.Vito, Arenata, Ariana, Quaranta Remi, Fontana and Serapo, now inserted into the urban fabric) set apart by rocky spurs, on which rise coastal strongholds, bays and enchanting coves. The village, “Borgo”, devel-oped upon initiatives of fishermen and small farmers, winds along Via Indipendenza, with its abundance of small typical shops. Between S.Erasmo and the “Borgo”, one finds the post-war settlement. The offer for seafaring tourism is good, thanks to the Naval Base, Flavio Gioia, the marinas of S.Maria and Porto Salvo and the docks of Calegna. The urban layout of old Gaeta is typically medieval and set around the majestic Anjou-Aragon Castle, made up of two structures, on which cylindrical towers and truncated cone-like keeps stand out. Here one finds typical narrow streets, communication trenches, Norman bell towers and walls that form the S.Erasmo district. There are many houses of worship of artistic and cultural value: the Cathedral of S.Erasmo, with bountiful paintings and 17th century works and the Norman bell tower; the churches of SS.ma Annunziata, with the adjacent Golden Grotto, S.Giovanni a Mare, the Sorresca, S.Francesco and S.Domenico. Not far from this district is the Sanctuary of the SS.ma Trinità set onto Monte Orlando, a protected area inside the Regional Park of the Riviera of Ulysses, which overlooks a stretch of the sea declared a Blue Oasis. Within the area of the Sanctu-ary, one must not miss seeing the Grotto of the Turk and cleft in the rock, so-called Split Mountain, both linked to Christian beliefs. Near these symbols are numerous historic-cultural sites, such as the Mausoleum of L.Munatius Plancus, the Diocesan and Piety Museum of the Park of the Aurunci, the Archaeological Museum and Picture Gallery of Old Town“Gaeta”.
PORTS – DOCKS – BERTHING
PORTO SANTA MARIA (port/marina) - coordinates: 41°12' 57 N, 13°35' 38 E. Not very spacious, but completely quay-lined, the marina lies between Punta dello Stendardo and Punta della Sanità, with 300m of quays and 4 mobile landing stages. Seabed: muddy – Depths: 3.5-10 m. at the quay –Boat berths: 30 – Max. length: 20 m. SAILING BASE OF FLAVIO GIOIA (port/marina) - coordinates 41°12' 83 N, 13°34' 53 E. Pro-tected by a wave-break jetty of ca. 00m., with 80 m. of landing stage and dock within the protective jetty. Seabed: sandy - Depths: 2-5 m. at the quay – Boat berths: 200 at the quay and part of the central floating landing stage, and 50 at the external floating landing stage - Max. length: 60 m. (www.basenautica.com). PORTO SALVO (port/marina) - coordinates 41°13' 12 N, 13°34' 40 E. The port is protected by a jetty, extending from Punta Mulino towards the SE and is exclusively for fishing boats. Seabed: muddy – Depths: 1.5-3 m. at the quay. SMALL DOCKS OF CALEGNA. Shelter for small fishing boats; pleasure craft are entrusted to the caretakers of fishing vessels. DOCK OF S.CARLO
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