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The Amazing and Beautiful Castle at Gaeta

Will be popping in to check it out again next year.

The castles...........the upper one .....Arogonese and the lower Angevin.
The upper part has a rectangular shape and cylindrical tower in 3 of its angles.........one tower is now missing.
The lower part has an irregular shape and the angles of its two sides are located toward the medieval quarter and Mt. Orlando.........It has cone shaped towers.
They originated in the ducal period of the 10th century and had developments over many hundreds of years. New towers were build by Carlo V (1516-38)

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Munazio Planco and Sempronius Atratino

Mount Orlando, Gaeta boasts the mausoleum of Munazio Planco, a consul of Rome at the time of Caesar. His mausoleum is in a very good state of repair and sits on probably the highest point of Mount Orlando. Great views from the top here of the Gulf of Gaeta, Split Mountain and Serapo Beach. A bus runs from the base of the mountain (a bar there) during peak season. A small sum pays for the both ways trip ........it will stop and pick you up from any point on the return journey. Quite a pleasant walk.


Sempronius Atratinus' mausoleum has not been as lucky. Perched on Atratinus hill, its marble has since been removed and is said to adorn the Duomo (S Erasmo) in town. Sempronius' mausoleum was open during the Jubilee year but not in 2001.

Gaeta has many churches dotted around the town, many still hold services on a regular basis. A largish church (S Francesco) which smiles down on the harbour up until 1998 was a popular place for weddings, but by 2001 this situation has changed. I believe that it holds one mass only per week now. Beautiful church falling into disrepair.

Another icon that holds a prominent position on the skyline at Gaeta is the famous Castle (or should that be two Castles?)

From the top of Mount Orlando

Looking toward Serapo Beach - a magnificent view.

Serapo is one of three beaches in Gaeta that gained a blue flag for 2002. I guess in Australia it is what we would call environmentally friendly and clean.......nice swimming.

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:Very pretty, largish town with quite a history.
  • Cons:Didn't find any.
  • In a nutshell:Well worth the visit for a day or a complete holiday. Plenty to see and do.
  • Last visit to Gaeta: Aug 2001
  • Intro Updated Sep 21, 2007
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  • Jerelis's Profile Photo
    Oct 25, 2012 at 4:37 AM

    The picture of the Castle at Gaeta is truly amazing and beautiful. Thank you for sharing your tips and pictures of this nice gem!

    • unravelau's Profile Photo
      Oct 25, 2012 at 5:38 AM

      Hello Jeroen, thank you so much for visiting and rating my Gaeta pages. I really appreciate that you took the time and glad that you enjoyed it. Regards, Carole.

  • rozehill's Profile Photo
    May 23, 2011 at 5:19 AM

    Hi Caole, i have just come back from my trip and saw Gaeta for the first time, simply amzing

  • domenicococozza's Profile Photo
    Oct 9, 2007 at 12:03 PM

    Lovely pages of Gaeta - I attended a cousin's confirmation in the duomo many years ago.

  • ATLC's Profile Photo
    Sep 24, 2007 at 6:48 PM

    I bet you'll never show all your money again :-) Ancient castles on the beach, how wonderful !

  • nepalgoods's Profile Photo
    Jul 10, 2007 at 10:09 PM

    What a lovely place with a nice beach! Thank you for your birthday wishes. Ulrike

  • toonsarah's Profile Photo
    May 15, 2007 at 12:14 PM

    Very interesting tips and some lovely Italian sunshine in your photos. I like the idea of admiring the old castles etc while swimming in the sea - two holiday experiences in one!

  • Luchonda's Profile Photo
    Apr 12, 2007 at 3:43 AM

    Carole - Seems to be an interesting place - greetz from Ghent

  • Aug 23, 2006 at 10:52 PM

    Just rated your great tips. May add some when I get back.Good to know you know what a peaceful joy there is here.

  • Tetreus's Profile Photo
    Feb 27, 2006 at 1:52 AM

    Did you go also to the split rock ( grotte speccata ) in Gaeta ? There's a legend about it. Janine

  • Dec 2, 2005 at 7:49 PM

    Amazing shots and info. Carole. You were very lucky to see this beautiful place. Hope you have a fab w/end!


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