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Lovely well-equipped apartment a short walk from Formia's magical local beaches

Apartment | 2 bedrooms | sleeps 6

Key Info
  • Beach or lakeside relaxation
  • Great for children of all ages
  • Air conditioning
  • Some pets are welcome - please contact the owner
  • Car advised
  • Nearest beach 0.5km

SPECIAL OFFERS AVAILABLE NOW FOR 2014 RENTALS. NO CHEAPER BEACHSIDE PROPERTY AVAILABLE ANYWHERE IN ITALY FOR 2014. You don't need to break the bank to have a holiday in the sun in this beautiful, ancient land. This is a very affordable lovely 2nd floor apartment in a secure block: It is comfortable and well equipped and can sleep up to 6 adults / children and one baby.

DISCOUNTS AVAILABLE ALL YEAR ROUND FOR EARLY BOOKINGS

LONG TERM RENTALS WELCOME. YOU TELL US WHAT YOU WOULD LIKE TO PAY.

The Master Bedroom has a king size bed, a crystal chandelier and fully fitted large oak storage units, with matching headboard, dressing table and two mini chests of drawers. There is ample wardrobe and storage space in this room for all the guests staying in the flat. Bedding for all 6 beds and the travel cot is stored in the centre section of the triple wardrobe: sheets, blankets, pillow cases, towels, flannels etc. The bed has an excellent orthopaedic mattress which is perfect after at day in the sun or a day's sightseeing. This room also has a new single folding bed and a travel cot for babies and toddlers which we purchased for the flat two summers ago.

The second bedroom has a fully sprung double bed and a single bed that can fold away into a sofa and armchair if not required. Please note these are proper Italian designer bed units not uncomfortable pull-outs that you have probably experienced when staying with friends.

This room also has a TV with a brand new DVD / digital channel converter, giving guests access to up to 100 digital channels including BBC world. We have also recently purchased an internet dongle which guests can attach to their lap tops and have up to 100 hours of internet available to them for just €24 for the entire holiday period. The second bedroom also has a holiday wardrobe and a brand new 7 drawer chest of drawers which was purchased this summer. This room also has a beautiful oak dresser which can be used for extra storage if required.

BOOK EARLY AND SAVE MONEY

In the hall there is a solid oak coat and hat stand, a mini oak dresser with and matching mirror. In this dresser we store the iron, the hair-dryer, spare bulbs, the air-conditioning remote and other bits and bobs. Further along the hall there is a modern cupboard where we store the beach parasol, beach chairs, beach toys for children, bath mats, a broom, a mop and dust pan and brush.

The flat has a fully equipped kitchen which is well stocked with glassware, crockery and cutlery. A new combo microwave and fridge freezer were installed last summer.

The bathroom has a bath, shower and bidet unit and a slimline washing machine.

The air conditioning unit in the hall cools the flat down very well in the summer.

EXCELLENT SUMMER DEALS AVAILABLE NOW

The apartment has an L-shaped balcony which extends all around the length of the flat; an ideal place to relax with a glass or two of wine on balmy summer evenings. There is a sun blind on the balcony and an outdoor washing line; in the summer it only takes one hour for washing to dry in the hot Italian sun.

Many of the neighbours in this and the mini apartment block across the way are known to us and are always happy to assist our guests in any way they can. There are also some new younger families in these two blocks with young children; several of our guests have mentioned that their children made friends with some of the children in the apartment block soon after arrival and were often invited to go and play in the little children's playground at the end of the close.

There is a small private parking area just outside the apartment block for local residents. You will be entitled to park there providing you avoid the disabled spaces in yellow and do not block the entrance to the neighbours' garages.

The flat is within walking distance of cafes, shops, supermarkets, restaurants and the excellent Ravello take-away restaurant where you can buy a delicious Italian home cooked meal for the entire family for as little as €20.

Remember you will benefit from the fact that this flat is not in a holiday village but in a smart residential area of Formia. The quality of the produce available in the delicatessens and supermarkets and the local restaurants, needs to satisfy the high expectations of the Italian residents of the area; the prices are competitive, the service you will receive is of the highest standard and the produce is as good as you will find anywhere in Italy.

BOOK EARLY FOR SUMMER TO AVOID DISAPPOINTMENT. WE ARE USUALLY FULLY BOOKED FOR JULY AND AUGUST BY THE END OF MARCH

Size Sleeps up to 6, 2 bedrooms
Nearest beach Formia 500 m
Will consider Corporate bookings, Long term lets (over 1 month), Short breaks (1-4 days)
Access Car advised
Nearest Amenities 100 m
Nearest travel links Nearest airport: Rome 110 km, Nearest railway: Formia 1 km
Family friendly Great for children of all ages
Notes Pets welcome, No smoking at this property

Features and Facilities

Luxuries Internet access, DVD player
General Central heating, Air conditioning, TV, Satellite TV
Standard Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer
Utilities Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine
Rooms 2 bedrooms, 1 bathrooms of which 1 Family bathrooms
Furniture Single beds (4), Double beds (2), Cots (1), Dining seats for 6, Lounge seats for 3
Other Linen provided, Towels provided
Outdoors Balcony or terrace
Access Parking
Further details indoors

Please note that we are not travel agents and this is not a Holiday Village but it is a pleasant apartment in a safe, residential area of Formia and the neighbours are friendly and helpful at all times whenever required. It is an ideal environment for anyone who wants to live the Italian life for a while and perfect for young families as it is a safe and child friendly neighbourhood.

SPECIAL OFFERS AVAILABLE NOW FOR ALL SUMMER 2014 RENTALS. WE AIM TO RENT ALL OUR SUMMER BOOKINGS BY MARCH FOR ADMINISTRATIVE REASONS SO VERY LOW COST SUMMER DEALS ARE AVAILABLE NOW FOR WEEKS THAT ARE STILL AVAILABLE.

LONG TERM RENTALS WELCOME. YOU NAME YOUR RENTAL PRICE.

PLEASE BOOK EARLY FOR JUNE TO SEPTEMBER TO AVOID DISAPPOINTMENT.

Further details outdoors

SPECIAL OFFERS AVAILABLE NOW FOR 2014 RENTALS.

FORMIA'S LOVELY STRETCH OF BEACH IS JUST A SHORT WALK AWAY FROM THE APARTMENT. SUMMER GUESTS IN 2014 CAN BENEFIT FROM A FAMILY BOOKING IN ONE OF THE BEAUTIFUL PRIVATE BEACH RESORTS PICTURED HERE, AT A VERY REDUCED RATE IF THEY BOOK OUR APARTMENT AT LEAST ONE MONTH BEFORE TRAVELLING TO FORMIA.

Please see the photos of the beautiful beach resorts we were able to arrange for our Formia guests last summer as part of this package. As one of our guests wrote in an email last year:

'Thank you so much for arranging such a wonderful holiday for us; the beach facilities at the local hotel resort were excellent; totally and completely relaxing - a little slice of Heaven'.

Check out our own website for photos and more information on our apartment and the Formia area. Details below.

BOOK EARLY AND ASK ABOUT OUR DEALS AND DISCOUNTS

Further details

SPECIAL OFFERS AVAILABLE NOW FOR 2014 RENTALS.

Two of the beautiful resorts we send our guests to are attached to luxury hotels. Imagine yourselves sitting on an exclusive private beach overlooking the beautiful Bay of Gaeta and the Pontine Islands of Ponza and Ventotene. Unadulterated Luxury for as little as £5 per person for the entire day.

SEEING IS BELIEVING! - LOOK AT THE BEACH RESORT PHOTOS AND ASK US ABOUT OUR DEALS AND SPECIAL OFFERS.

All the resorts we recommend to our guests to will provide them with an exclusive beachside and / or poolside parasol service; the beaches are cleaned daily and life guards are on duty until 7:00 pm every evening to make sure children are happy but also safe. If you are watching the pennies, the public beach is just a beautiful and is even closer to the apartment than the resorts. BUT DONT FORGET TO TAKE THE PARASOL IN THE HALL CUPBOARD AS IT IS VERY HOT ON THESE SOUTHERN ITALIAN BEACHES.

Health and Safety beach and swimming pool information sheets sent to interested parties should be read with care.

VERY LOW COST OPTIONS AVAILABLE NOW. NO CHEAPER BEACH SIDE APARTMENT AVAILABLE ANYWHERE IN ITALY

LONG TERM RENTALS WELCOME. YOU NAME YOUR RENTAL PRICE.

SPECIAL OFFERS AVAILABLE NOW SUMMER 2014 RENTALS.

The Lazio region

This region is steeped in history and culture all around. Formia itself is a beautiful chic Italian town surrounded on three sides by the spectacular Aurunci Hills and overlooking the Mediterranean sea. Within driving distance of Formia are Naples, Pompeii, Mount Vesuvius, Scauri, Gaeta and Sperlonga. Rome is one hour away by train and can cost as little as €10 return to get there and back. This town really does have it all. Designer shops, traditional southern Italian markets, restaurants serving delicious Southern Italian food at prices you won't believe and beaches and views to die for. This is an area which has something to offer all year round.

SPECIAL OFFERS FOR JUNE AND JULY 2012 NOW AVAILABLE

There are excellent beaches in Formia, Gaeta, Scauri, Sperlonga and the Mondragone area further south. SUMMER GUESTS IN 2012 CAN BENEFIT FROM A FAMILY BOOKING IN ONE OF THE BEAUTIFUL PRIVATE BEACH RESORTS PICTURED ON THIS SITE AT A VERY REDUCED RATE PROVIDING YOU BOOK EARLY. Please see photos on this page. These resorts are just a ten minute walk from the apartment and they benefit from spectacular views of the bay of Gaeta. One even has a swimming pool which guests can use for no extra charge if it has not been hired out to a wedding party (they have LOTS of weddings at this particular resort in the summer months). Lunch can be purchased and eaten on the beautiful beach terraces overlooking the Bay of Gaeta. If you would like a day out in the renowned beach town of Sperlonga we recommend you go to the Lido Zanzibar. This is a family run lido that we have been going to ourselves since our children were very young. I cannot recommend it enough. In addition to the excellent service that you will receive (for as little as €15 a day per family), you can also buy superb extra virgin Olive Oil produced from the family olive groves in the Itri hills (but you do need to order this a few days before you require it). Excellent snack lunches lunches are available for as little as €5 - €7. If you do go to Sperlonga then you must treat yourselves to an ice-cream or a wonderful pastry at Fiorelli's. All made daily by the owner Filippo and available fresh from 8:00 am every day in summer. This really is ice-cream to die for. Another beach lido we have a link with is in the Levagnole resort near the town of Mondragone (south of Formia), where English speaking guests are particularly welcome as one of the owners is English. This lido is famous in the area for its volcanic spring. Guests are able to have naturally hot showers at a fraction of the cost of the hotel spa nearby. Excellent buffalo mozzarella rolls can be bought from this lido for just €2 each; this isn't the mass produced supermarket mozzarella, but the excellent, creamy, wonderful real buffalo mozzarella only available in Campania. I guarantee it is a taste you will never forget. Order it with tomatoes and fresh basil and a drizzle of olive oil and it will be one of the highlights of your trip. All these beaches will provide guests with an exclusive beachside parasol service, the beaches are cleaned daily and they all have qualified lifeguards on the beach or at the poolside every day until 7 pm. Please note that private beaches in Italy are closed during the winter months but public beaches are open all year round.

If you have children, then the Aqua Park in Itri is a must. Not only will you have a thoroughly relaxing time while your children enjoy the two pools, three slides and inflatables, but you can benefit from their excellent low cost lunches and their delicious home made cornetti (sweet croissants) they are available from about 3 pm onwards. The white chocolate ones are out of this world. There are other aqua parks in the area, but as this is a family run centre and we have been going to it with our children for many years, this is the one we recommend to our guests. However, we do urge all adults with young children to be Health and Saftey aware at all times at beaches and swimming pools.

Health and Safety beach and swimming pool information sheets sent to interested parties should be read with care.

In the summer Formia never sleeps: the magnificent roman amphitheratre at Minturnae puts on open air operatic and theatrial productions throughout the summer months. Just a short walk from two of our Sperlonga beach resorts the open air summer theatre, provides entertainment for the entire season for people of all ages: opera, neapolitan songs, classical concerts, pop and rock concerts, traditional folk dancers and more.

The port at Formia is approximately 1 Km. from the apartment and from there you can take a ferry or jetfoil to the islands of Ponza and Ventotene, where the sea water is a beautiful deep blue and there are caves and grottos to explore all around the two islands. Please see Guest Book for a former guest's magical island experience. 30 minutes south of Formia are the traditional villages in the Campania region; a trip to the medieval market town of Sessa Aurunca for the Thursday morning market is a must. We also recommend lunch at the local osteria in Sessa - Da Nicola, after the market. An excellent three course lunch (using only local produce) can cost as little as €10 per person. Please see comments below from former guests for more information on trips to the islands and the town of Sessa Aurunca.

Formia

SPECIAL OFFERS FOR 2014 NOW AVAILABLE

This region of Italy has Feste and Sagre all year round. A festa is traditionally a religious festival, commemorating the town's local patron saint. During Festa time the towns and villages in the local area have their summer entertainment programme which can range from funfairs for the children and openair concerts and street dancing. Two summers ago the Opera Aida was performed in the Gaeta Arena; overlooking the bay in the moonlight. Last year we went to local feste in the Campanian towns of Sessa Aurunca, Carinola and Casale. Carinola treated us to a wonderful concert in the town square, of Neapolitan songs and well known operatic arias. The singers were all from the San Carlo Opera House in Naples. In Casale we were able to see an exceptional rendition of Verdi's Rigoletto by a touring brass ensemble. In October we saw the Caserta Chamber Orchestra performing several Cello Concertos with the talented young English cellist Philip Higham in the beautiful medieval church of San Germano in the ancient town of Sessa Aurunca. These and so much more in their summer and autumn programs were totally free of charge..

The sagre are also a type of festival but they focus on food; each town, village or suburb has its yearly 'sagra' which celebrates its culinary speciality; obviously there are ample free samples available. The tr aditional Italian mediterranean diet has its roots in this area of Italy, so it is very easy to eat well and healthily in this region of Italy. The Formia area has several 'sagre' - Mozzarella, Salsiccia, Pasticcio, Fresella and seafood of all types.

The food in this area is recognized worldwide as being among the best in Italy. The Italian Mediterranean diet is famous worldwide for its healthful qualities and wholesome natural ingredients. Real Pizza (baked in stone ovens made with 100% buffalo mozzarella), fish, the freshest sea-food imaginable, pasta of all kinds and roasted vegetables to die for, must be sampled. Recommended restaurants in the Formia area are : The reasonably price Trattoria Ravello which is just around the corner from the flat provides home cooked dishes to take away or to eat there in simple surroundings for less than €10 per person, Zi Anna, at the port of Formia specialises in fish, sea food and amazing roasted vegetables, La Fontana, in the market square in Formia will enable you to order an excellent steak and a good selection of traditional pasta dishes at a very reasonable cost. Il Tartufo just a short walk away from the apartment, specializes in mushrooms and truffles and all types of roasted local vegetables and excellent pizzas cooked in the traditional stone ovens. For special occasions the excellent Vecchio Borgo Antico restaurant in Castellonorato should be tried; it is reached by following signs to the mountain village of Maranola and then up to Castellonorato. This restaurant dominates the Bay of Gaeta providing excellent views of the towns below; at night the illuminated coastline is truly spectacular. Their taglierini with giant prawn and fresh roquette is a must. You could also treat yourselves to lunch or dinner at the Miramare or Fagiano Hotels, overlooking the beautiful bay of Gaeta and just a short walk from the flat. Not the cheapest option but not extortionate for all that you would receive and for the sumptuous surroundings you would eat in.

Visitors to the area in the Christmas season must see the 'Presepe Vivente' in the local villages (it literally means the 'Living Crib'.)

Visitors to the area in the Easter season must visit the town of Sessa Aurunca (20 mins away from the apartment) to see the Good Friday and Easter Monday Processions. On Good Friday the entire town processes through the town for 8 hours culminating in four enormous bonfires being lit in the town's incredible medieval town square. It feels more like 1412 than 2012. (More information and photos available on these on request).

For sports enthusiasts the Olympic Coni sports centre is in the next street to that of the apartment and a windsurfing school in Formia Vindicio is a short bus-ride or drive away. Opera enthusiasts could have singing lessons with a professional opera singer and anyone interested in cuisine could assist the Chef is one of the local restaurants in the Formia area or further south. Details of these and other activities are available on request. A taxi service with tour guide facility can also be arranged on request. In the town of Sperlonga there is a water skiing centre and and horse riding club which provides leisurely rides on the beach at sunset. The horse riding club also provides a day camp service for children of all ages. At the camp children will have riding lessons, cookery classes, treasure hunts and a couple of hours on the beach.

The aqua park at Itri is a must for children and parents alike; its three waterslides and two large pools surrounded by the most spectaclular scenery will provide you with a day out that you will treasure forever. (See above). The Garigliano river provides plenty of fishing opportunities for anglers, and yachts are available to hire on request. As there is so much to do in the Formia area we provide our visitors with suggested Programmes of Activities for 7 / 14 / 21 day visits to the area geared to the time of year and season required.

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17 Jun 2012

5/5

"fantastic"

Fantastic!! Great communication ,very understanding and helpful. Would recommend.
Area is lovely, everything you need.

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