What to do and see in Gaeta, Italy: The Best Places and Tips

April 9, 2018 Timmy Ribble

Set between Rome and Naples amid the so-called Ulysses Riviera, gorgeous Gaeta overlooks the beautiful Tyrrhenian Sea. Its history as a resort dates back to Imperial Rome. Nearby sites include the first-century BC mausoleum of general Lucius Munatius Plancus. Its old town is mostly medieval, showcased by narrow alleys, the massive 13th-century castle and the 12th-century Cathedral of Assunta e Sant'Erasmo. For relaxing, lovely and central Serapo Beach is a favored locale.
Restaurants in Gaeta

1. Montagna Spaccata

Via Ss. Trinita, 304024, Gaeta, Italy +39 0771 462068
Excellent
66%
Good
26%
Satisfactory
6%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 1 reviews

Montagna Spaccata

Reviewed By Frank J

We were on an extended 8 day trip to Italy. Gaeta was going to be the rest and relax and explore some areas and Rome was the daily sighseeing. Spaccata is highly recommended. We walked up the hill and it was a quick 15 minute walk up and made it to the church. Went inside and took the steps down (and then up) to the split mountain. It was very picturesque. This is the only place in Gaeta where I saw english signs and it was helpful to read and understand the importance of this location.

2. Spiaggia di Serapo

Via Marina di Serapo, 04024 Gaeta, Italy
Excellent
55%
Good
33%
Satisfactory
9%
Poor
1%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 306 reviews

Spiaggia di Serapo

Reviewed By davideGaeta - Rome, Italy

the central beach of Gaeta caoticin august but from avril to july really good septmber and october are beautiful too.. clean water, gold sand.

3. Gaeta

20 Via Camillo Benso Conte di Cavour, Gaeta, Italy +39 0771 901906
Excellent
54%
Good
30%
Satisfactory
9%
Poor
4%
Terrible
3%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 756 reviews

Gaeta

Reviewed By Carol M - Dallas, Texas

What a relaxing place to visit!! Loved every corner of this place, the history, the Beaches, the food, and the surrounding area.

4. Santuario della Santissima Annunziata

Via Annunziata 21, 04024 Gaeta, Italy +39 0771 462255
Excellent
66%
Good
29%
Satisfactory
4%
Poor
1%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 86 reviews

Santuario della Santissima Annunziata

Reviewed By maxkol - Chicago area

The reason I came to this sanctuary is because I'd read about a small interior chapel, with a gilded ceiling resembling that of the Basilica of St. Mary Major in Rome.
Pope Pius IX fled to Gaeta during the Republican revolt and remained there for 9 months. During those months he came to the small interior chapel to pray daily and it bore great fruit: the proclamation of the dogma of the Immaculate Conception.
The chapel remains a gem of Criscuolo's 16th century work. It's moving from both an artistic and religious sense and is completely free and open...

5. Spiaggia 300 Gradini

Via Flacca 24, 04024 Gaeta, Italy +39 0771 740600
Excellent
52%
Good
33%
Satisfactory
8%
Poor
3%
Terrible
4%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 449 reviews

Spiaggia 300 Gradini

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Reviewed By motozak - rome

wonderful corner between Naples and Rome. the beach is beautiful and not crowed at all even in august when all italians are going to have their holidays. There is a small bar, that is a bit expensive but it is worth for the position. also there is a part where you can reach the nudist sector.

6. Tempio di San Francesco

Via San Giovanni Bosco, Gaeta, Italy +39 0771 460037
Excellent
54%
Good
30%
Satisfactory
10%
Poor
5%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 168 reviews

Tempio di San Francesco

Reviewed By MGC2203 - Tivoli, Italy

Never been there, unfortunately the sight is totally abandoned and need urgent restoration works, but the facade is a stunning example of early gothic style perched on the city and with a breathtaking view on the gulf. I would have been able to enter it, but it's currently closed to the public.

7. Parco Regionale Riviera di Ulisse

Via della Breccia 5, 04024 Gaeta, Italy +39 0771 743070
Excellent
69%
Good
27%
Satisfactory
1%
Poor
1%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 72 reviews

Parco Regionale Riviera di Ulisse

Reviewed By Patricia J - Melbourne, Australia

Hard to get to! Took B line bus from Formia, getting off at Gianola. From here a long walk, 15 minutes or so. Badly signposted, but we found the Porticciolo Romano, Grotta della Janara, and 36 pillars. Very nice, there were other ruins but access was not given, due to works being done. Please note, you need to get back on the same bus, same direction, as it does a loop and comes back a different way!!! We figured this out after waiting over an hour!

8. Grotta Del Turco

Gaeta, Italy
Excellent
41%
Good
32%
Satisfactory
16%
Poor
8%
Terrible
3%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 179 reviews

Grotta Del Turco

Reviewed By Joseph G - Montreal, Canada

If you visit the Sanctuary of Montagna Spaccata, do not miss visiting this grotto which ends directly in the sea and where the waves create great light effects. Igt is however unfortunate that you cannot descend (a total of 300 steps) all the way down to the edge of the water for safety reasons (falling stones in particular).
While there is no entrance charge to visit this site, you are however asked to make a donation....

9. Basilica Cattedrale di Gaeta

Via Duomo, 04024 Gaeta, Italy +39 0771 462255
Excellent
50%
Good
37%
Satisfactory
12%
Poor
1%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 62 reviews

Basilica Cattedrale di Gaeta

Reviewed By Georgina552 - Budapest, Hungary

...unfortunately opening hours are so rigid. The guy with the key sent us out before closure time and was so unpatient so we did not have time to look around completely. But we noticed the rich ornamentation and decent architecture. Hope to retrun here sometime and spend here quality time.

10. Mausoleo di Lucio Munazio Planco

Via Munazio Planco | Alla Sommità di Monte Orlando, 04024 Gaeta, Italy +39 389 825 6341
Excellent
45%
Good
36%
Satisfactory
14%
Poor
4%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 84 reviews

Mausoleo di Lucio Munazio Planco

Reviewed By Georgina552 - Budapest, Hungary

We got here in siesta time so it was closed :-) But I believe it does not worth to climb up on Mountain Orlando just to see the Mausoleum. The Mountain provides lots of other attractions, nevermind.

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