We are going to plan a Gaeta Italy beach vacation!

Have you heard of Gaeta Italy? Probably not!! Gaeta, Italy is a beautiful coastal town in southern Italy.  There are beaches and resorts all throughout this area.

I don’t think it is a place most American’s know about.  The secret is coming out in this post.

I am so excited to share this information with you! Gaeta is one of the most beautiful places in Italy.  The best part is it is a non-international tourist location. (Only the locals know about how amazing it is.)

We loved exploring this area and highly recommend adding it to your Italy itinerary.

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Why Visit Gaeta, Italy

grand hotel le rocce

Like I said before, Gaeta Italy is not an international tourist site. You won’t find it in any guidebooks mainly because there is not a train station that connects this area to the main cities such as Rome and Naples.  We found that this is where the local Italians come to vacation.

Gaeta Italy Itinerary 

There are so many reasons why you should visit Gaeta Italy.  Let’s start with the fact that the beaches in Gaeta Italy are the best in the region.  There is also a beautiful town full of historical sites, amazing food, and the friendly people you will ever meet. 

  • Visit 1 of the seven beaches
  • Explore historical sites in downtown Gaeta Italy
  • Try a local restaurant 
  • Take a hike 

Gaeta Italy Beaches

There are seven fabulous beaches located here.  One of the best reasons to go to Gaeta is fewer crowds!  The only exception to this is in August when locals and Italians from all over the country come for their summer holiday.

If you are looking to get out of Rome and Naples and cool off from the intense heat of the summer. You need to plan a Gaeta beach vacation.

More to Gaeta Italy

As a side note, Gaeta also has some amazing ancient ruins, historic museums, and a medieval tour.  Seafood is the specialty so plan to include eating out.

Where is Gaeta Italy?

Rome to Gaeta Italy Map

Gaeta is one of the southernmost cities in the Lazio region of Italy.  It is a little over a two-hour drive from Rome to Gaeta and a little under a two-hour drive from Naples to Gaeta.

Best Time to Visit Gaeta Italy? 

If you want to plan a visit to Gaeta Italy, the best time to enjoy outdoor beach activities is from June – early September.  We went in May and still loved it.  The temperatures in the summer are around 87F as the highs.

How We Found Out About Gaeta Italy

Grand Hotel le Rocce

We actually stopped by Gaeta because my husband’s family came to America from Gaeta, Italy.  Our main purpose was to see if we could find any information for genealogy purposes. 

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We had a few genealogical clues that we were searching for.  Manderino was the surname of my husband’s great grandfather, but we knew he was adopted by a Simeon in the area.

Tour Cemeteries in Gaeta Italy

We planned to tour cemeteries and look for anyone that could be related.  We knew there had been a fire that destroyed many of the city records so we didn’t think that would be the best option plus, we do not speak Italian so reading records in another language would have been difficult. 

When we arrived at the first cemetery it was locked.  We headed to another one and found some Simeons but we weren’t sure if they were related to the family that adopted our ancestor.  

Since we could not find any leads we decided to enjoy the area. We were not planning a Gaeta Italy beach vacation but ended up having one by surprise!  What an amazing surprise it was!

We were shocked at how beautiful the area was and wondered why his ancestors ever left!

Plan a Gaeta Italy Beach Vacation

Grand Hotel le Rocce

How Much Time Should I Spend In Gaeta Italy?

I would recommend a minimum of two days.  There are seven beaches, resorts, and fun outdoor activities to do in this area.   It really depends on how much time you would like to spend at the beach.  Locals like to spend the whole month of August in this area! 

What Are the Best Hotels In Gaeta? 

There are lots of resorts located in this area.  Once again, we booked on Reservations.com and really lucked out! We stayed at the Grand Hotel Le RocceI was a little scared being so deep in Italy and not being able to speak the language but the hotel had staff who spoke English!

We also learned there were many resorts in Gaeta Italy, but only a select view will show up in US hotel search engines.

grand hotel le rocce

This hotel was absolutely amazing.  There is a private beach that only hotel guest have access too.  We went in May and had the entire beach to ourselves.  It is small, but it was perfect for us.

The pool was fabulous as well. The view from the pool over looked the ocean. It was magical!

Grand Hotel le Rocce

Our Experience at Le Rocce

To say this place was dreamy would be an understatement!  I really do not know why my husband’s family left the area!

The grounds were fabulous.  Everything was clean and well taken care of.  The atmosphere was beyond anything we expected. This place screams romance!  The pool and beach areas were incredible.  The rooms were nice and the breakfast was fantastic.  I would recommend staying here if you are planning a Gaeta Italy beach vacation.

Plan A Gaeta Italy Beach Vacation!

Gaeta Italy Beach Vacation

Not interested in a resort stay? No problem. There are seven beaches in Gaeta Italy

Beaches in Gaeta Italy

The beaches in Gaeta, Italy are Serapo, Fontania, Quaranta Remi, Ariana, Arenauta, San Vito and Sant’Agostino.

Let’s explore all of them.  I am sad I do not have images to match up with each beach but I can guarantee you that everything is beyond beautiful in this area!

Gaeta Beach – Serapo

Serapo is the main beach of Gaeta Italy.  This is a family-friendly beach. It is known for its golden sand. From the shore, you can see the Serapo Ship which is a cliff side that resembles a ship.  So beautiful!

Gaeta Beach – Fontania

This beach is reachable from Serapo Beach by swimming or foot.  What makes this beach unique is that there are two grottoes and one actually has a natural spring. It is called Fontania for this reason.  This is a great area to scuba dive and snorkel.  There are lots of ecosystems and ruins under the water.

Gaeta Beach – Beach of 40 Remi

One of the things that is unique about this beach is it is only accessible by boat or swimming.  Its name indicates how many row boat strokes it takes to get to the beach.  In this area, there are more grottoes and beautiful rock formations.

Gaeta Beach – Ariana

The beach is very small and more often than not crowded.  One of the main reasons is it is an award-winning beach for the clearest water.  It also has a cliff located nearby that blocks the wind.  It is an ideal beach in the area.

Gaeta Beach -Arenauta

Also known as the nude beach so be aware!  It takes 300 steps down a steep staircase to access this beach.

Gaeta Beach -San Vito Beach

This is another family beach located very close to the Grand Hotel le Rocce.

Gaeta Beach – Bay of Sant’Agostino

The most frequented beach in Gaeta Italy is Bay of Sant’ Agostino.  One reason this area is very popular is that the red cliffs located on the beach are great for rock climbers.

Activities for Your Gaeta Italy Beach Vacation

Gaeta Beach Vacation boat rental

Many boat rentals are available in the area. Specifically, a romantic boat ride with dinner included. Ocean sport equipment rentals are available as well as scuba diving and snorkeling tours.  Bike and hiking tours around the beach are also an option. 

Ready to Plan a Beach Vacation to Gaeta, Italy?


Hopefully, this post gives you enough information to plan a trip to Gaeta Italy.  I highly recommend taking the time to go to the beaches and explore this area. 

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