Penthouse of the rising sun overlooking the bay
from £76 /night help Price for guests, Nights approx:
from £76 /night help Price for guests, Nights approx:
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Apartment / 3 bedrooms / sleeps 7
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Apartment / 3 bedrooms / sleeps 7
Located on the second top floor (no lift) of a residential building, the penthouse overlooks the entire bay. Its furnished sheltered terrace going all around the apt. enables you to eat out peacefully while enjoying a breath-taking view of Gaeta harbour that changes in colours from dawn to sunset. The apt is spacious, full of light and conveniently furnished.
The building is located on a hill and yet at walking distance from the city XIX century centre of Gaeta "Elena" (5 minutes) and from the main beach "Serapo" (20 minutes). If you don't feel like walking, a city bus stopping in front of the gate , every hour, will connect you to both places and also to the Medieval citadel.
You can jog to Mount Orlando natural reserve, take daily boat trips to Ulysses coastline, explore beautiful beaches like Ariana, Arenauta and San Vito.
At Elena and the Medieval citadel you will find many "pizzerie", restaurants, art exhibitions and music festivals. You will try the local traditional pie called "tiella" with its different fillings, from small octopus to onions or vegetables. Twice a year a "Tiella feast" makes Via Indipendenza and the Municipal square a colourful stage of all local varieties of tiella and you can not only buy and eat them but also watch demonstrations on how to prepare it. Special mention goes to the Mediterranean blue fish daily sold at the fish market stalls. Sardines, anchovies, makarel but also orate and spigole are all fished in the surrounding sea. Accompany them with fruit and vegetables sold in abundance and at low prices by the local people at Via Indipendenza and don't miss the famous Gaeta olives and "bufala" mozzarella!
|Size||Sleeps up to 7, 3 bedrooms|
|Check in time:||17:00|
|Check out time:||10:00|
|Nearest beach||Serapo 900 m|
|Will consider||Long term lets (over 1 month)|
|Nearest Amenities||50 m|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: Naples 90 km, Nearest railway: Formia 5 km|
|Family friendly||Great for children of all ages|
|Notes||No pets allowed, No smoking at this property|
Features and Facilities
|General||Central heating, Air conditioning, TV|
|Standard||Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer|
|Utilities||Clothes dryer, Cooker, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine|
|Rooms||3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms of which 2 Family bathrooms|
|Furniture||Double beds (2), Single beds (3), Dining seats for 6, Lounge seats for 1|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided|
|Outdoors||Balcony or terrace|
|Access||Parking, Suitable for people with restricted mobility, Not suitable for wheelchair users|
|Further details indoors|
The ample entrance with XIX century mirror leads you to the living-dining room where you will find a dining-table for six, a sofa and two armchairs. Next to the entrance you will find the second double-bedroom (a 3-window room with three single beds), the large kitchen along the corridor and the rest of the apt with master bedroom, the second double bedroom and the two bathrooms. The main bathroom is equipped with sink, wc, bidet and bathtub with telephone-like shower while the second bathroom consists of a sink, wc and washing machine. Both bathrooms have windows. Hot water is available all the time.
Bedrooms are large and comfortable. The main bedroom is mainly furnished with xix century taste and will surprise you with very special romantic details: the iron bedhead, the dressing mirror, the pink Murano deco lamp and the lamps of the night tables that reproduce in bronze the famous Riace giants. The atmosphere and also the brand new orthopaedic mattresses will guarantee a fantastic rest. The second bedroom has three large windows and ample space to walk around. In the main bedroom two wardrobes allow you to store all the clothes you intend carrying with you. In the single bedroom you will find two single beds (that can be easily converted into one double bed) a desk with chair and a large bookshelf with three closed cabinets for storing clothes. An extra one-door wardrobe furnishes this room.The third bedroom has a double bed with ample wardrobe and closet.
In the kitchen there are sufficient pots and pans, cutlery and kitchen wares while more selected items can be found in the antique cupboard standing in the living- room.
The living-room has two large windows, one leading to the covered terrace. While you sit either inside or outside, you will enjoy the harmonious sight of Gaeta gulf, spacing from the Orlando Mountain and the Medieval city on your right to Formia, Scauri, Gianola promontory and Minturno on your left. While the Domitia Bay and Mondragone (40 kms from Naples)are visible just in front of you. On clear days you can see the Pontine islands.
There is nothing better after a day trekking, swimming or sightseeing than relaxing on the terrace and admiring the stunning view while you drink a good glass of wine or a cold beer. Another recommended source of aesthetic pleasure is watching sunrise and the glittering calm sea all around you!
|Further details outdoors|
Just outside the house, you will find the Cappuccini friars' steps that lead you straight down to the ancient city of Gaeta : via Indipendenza (Independence street) a long pedestrian street that crosses in length the XIX century district of the city: Elena. With its many narrow ways that depart from it, via Indipendenza has always been inhabited by fishermen and peasants who still live and sell their produce there. Everything in Gaeta tastes much better than, say, in Rome or anywhere else I know. Via Indipendenza is full of local fruit and vegetable shops but also of typical restaurants (trattorie). If you cross the street, you will immediately be in the middle of the fish market where fresh fish is daily carried and sold in afternoons, directly from the boats opposite to it. While if you walk all along it , you reach the main Piazza (Piazza della Libertà).
Walking along the Lungomare on your right, you will reach Flavio Gioia sailing peer where expensive motor and sailing boats are anchored most of the time. The club peer stands in the Piazza, centre of the new town where the road to Serapo beach departs. Corso Cavour represents the fashionable meeting point for local people: in the afternoons you will see pedestrians strolling about and chatting, watching each other, glad to meet and to be watched. There you can sit at one of the many terraces and taste the famous Italian ice-cream for example at the Triestina bar.
From that point of the Lungomare, you can either decide to go to Serapo beach or walk to the Medieval city (Gaeta medievale). Alternatively you can make a walking tour and explore Mount Orlando Regional Reserve. About half way to the top of Mount Orlando, you can visit the Sanctuary of the Split mountain and the Turk's Grotto. If you decide to continue upwards, you will reach the Belvedere plain and the Statue of the "Madonna of Porto Salvo”(Safe Harbour) and, proceeding upwards you will see Lucio Munazio Planco funeral monument and the Lighthouse . The whole Reserve is forbidden to cars from the Sanctuary upwards, but if you do not feel like walking, in summer months you can easily take a shuttle bus that starts at the Municipality and costs Euro 2 per person/ return trip. Orlando mountain is a rare unspoilt example of Mediterranean vegetation full of aromatic bushes (wild sage and rosmarine) and flowers. Special paths for bird-watching are indicated along the way together with gym fitting exercises. In summer months horse riding tours of the mountain can be booked at reasonable price.
On your way down you can take a different road towards the Medieval city. on the opposite site of the promontory. Gaeta citadel was a fortified place where in the past century (1860) the last Bourbonic king of Naples took refuge together with his young wife Maria Sofia of Austria(sister of Sissi) heading the resistance battle against the Piemonte troops and Garibaldi. There young and noble king Francis (called affectionately "Franceschiello" by his people) supported and inspired his soldiers resisting side by side with them during the famous siege of Gaeta that lasted several weeks and was supported by the main monarchies of Europe (Napoleon III from France and Austrian troops of course, not to count the troops sent from the Pope state). Today if you walk along the medieval city, you will see the XII century bell house and the dome, several other churches, and the Castles that hosted troops and the monarchs during the siege. I would recommend you to take an aperitif on one of the terraces there and at least once eat your pizza at Emilio's, the most ancient 'pizzeria' in Gaeta which serves different types of wooden baked pizza at very cheap prices. To avoid queues you'd better go there around 7.30 p.m. not later because they don't accept bookings! Finally I would advise you to taste your ice-cream at “Il Pinguino" or "Il Molo” , two small ice-cream shops opposite the quay. The promenade is very pleasant and a favourite place for families on Saturday afternoon and a must for joggers early in the morning. On the quay also start round boat trips to visit the coast. Sometimes historic sailing boats are anchored there.
Free parking around the apartment is generally available but not guaranteed at peak periods or peak hours. If you prefer to have your private parking place and you have a compact rather short car, we can provide you with a garage at minus 1 of the same building. In the city centre you will need a parking permit (daily -24 hours : 10 Euro or Euro 1.50 per hour).
The apartment is available for weekly, fortnight, monthly rent.
English-speaking representative on hand to answer questions.
Departure time is 10 a.m. Arrival in the afternoon around 4 p.m.
We provide sheets and home towels at the cost of e.10 per person per week.
A sum of euro 50 is requested at your departure for final cleaning costs.
The penthouse is suitable for elderly guests provided they don't suffer climbing two floors of steps.
Smoking is allowed only on the terrace.
The Lazio region
The coast between Terracina (Circeo) and Formia is linked to Ulysses, Eneas and the Romans. The latter appreciated its mild climate and beauty and had their summer mansions built there. In 1957 impressive statues from emperor Tiberius' mansion were discovered in a sea grotto half way between Sperlonga and Gaeta and later exhibited at the National Archeological Museum along the via Flacca. Gaeta (20,700 inhabitants) whose name originates from Aeneas' nurse Caieta is located on the promontory of Mount Orlando (now Regional Park) and has always held a strategic position which made it a fortress inhabited by Normans, French, Spanish dominations. You will see medieval walls, doors and a castle. Gaeta's catholic inheritance is still present in many outstanding churches and paintings but also in religious events (on the second Sunday of August a big procession worships the Madonna of Porto Salvo: the statue is carried on a fishing boat to bless the gulf of Gaeta) and local pilgrimages (to the Sanctuary of the Split Mountain). Different dominations, especially the Spanish and the French left an interesting cooking inheritage, which is especially evident in pastries and cakes (f.e. in Gaeta you can find the best "baba" cakes (originally coming from French "Brillat Savarin" recipes as well as the Sicilian pastry called "cannoli alla siciliana" originally from Spanish cooking tradition). Visit the many "pasticceria" present on the territory. My favourite one is "Stenta" where only by stepping in you are taken into a paradisiac world of flavours and elegance! .
On foot you can visit the medieval town, the fish market, the port, Serapo beach, Mount Orlando with the impressive funeral tomb of Roman general Lucio Munazio Planco (1 century B.C.), the Sanctuary of the Split Mountain. On wednesday morning don't miss the local open-air market .There are food festivals (in May and October), concerts (mainly in July ), night life and music (in August).
By car , at less than an hour drive, you can visit Montecassino Abbey, the Sanctuary of Madonna della Civita, Minturno and its Roman amphitheatre, the fishermen village of Sperlonga, the National Archeological Museum and many other villages of interest (Terracina, Fondi, Campo di Mele, Maranola, Itri).
If you are interested in swimming or just sunbathing, you have only the difficulty of choice: apart from Serapo beach at walking distance, you can go to Ariana beach, Arenauta beach, San Vito beach or even farther towards Sperlonga beaches (12 kms away).
If you want to make a one-day tour, visit either Naples or Pompei, or one of the islands (Capri, Ischia, Ponza, Ventotene). The ferry for Ponza and Ventotene leaves just 5 kms away from the house, at the Formia port.
If you are interested in deep sea diving, join the official diving team and discover the beauty of the blue sea reserve in front of the Split Mountain. You can also do free climbing, or just cycling... Children will enjoy the Acqua Park in Itri and later you will taste Itri's famous olive oil products (egg-plants, paprikas and others)
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