Gaeta

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Gaeta
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Gaeta’s is 27 miles E of Capo Circeo on the Tyrrhenian coast of Italy. It is in a sheltered position on the NE side of the peninsula of the same name has made it an important strategic port since ancient times. The ease of access from Rome by the Via Appia made Gaeta an attractive spot for wealthy Romans to build their country villas, remains of several of which survive today. With the decline of the Byzantine empire in the Middle Ages, Gaeta became the focus of disagreement between the kingdoms of Anjou and Aragon, both of which have left their mark on the town with two splendid castles. Today the town is an important naval base as well as a useful port of call for yachts sailing down from Rome to the Bay of Naples. The small marina of Base Nautica Flavio Gioia lies in a protected basin in the harbour of Gaeta. It is 27 miles E of Capo Circeo on the Tyrrhenian coast of Italy.

Charts

British Admiralty
1911
Italian
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Weather

Winds along the Tyrrhenian Coast of Italy are generally light in the summer months. The most notable feature is a SW sea breeze that kicks in late morning and blows at little more than Force 2 - 4 until the evening. Thundery conditions are not infrequent during early Spring and Autumn, and associated winds can sometimes reach gale force and kick up a substantial sea. In winter, gales can blow from both NW and S and entry to and exit from many of the harbours along the coast can become hazardous.

Sources for weather information:

  • There is a continuous (computerized voice) weather forecast on VHF 68 - first in Italian and then followed with an English translation
  • The same forecast is given in Italian and English on VHF coastal stations following a notification on channel 16
  • Navtex weather forecasts are broadcast from stations at La Garde (Toulon), Roma and Cagliari (Sardinia)

Passages

See Mediterranean.

Islands

Communication

Add here VHF channel for the coastguard, harbor masters. etc.

Also see World Cruiser's Nets.

Navigation

The rocky promontory of Gaeta, topped with a powerful, squat castle, is conspicuous from some distance. Once the promontory is rounded, the long breakwater of Gaeta harbour, oriented N/S, will be clearly seen. Base Nautica Flavio Gioia lies in its own basin to the W of the harbour, behind the breakwater. The prominent red tower of the town hall just behind the marina is a useful landmark.

Berthing

Much of the harbour is a military area, so avoid milling around. Go to one of the marinas.

Marinas & Yacht Clubs

Base Nautica Flavio Gioia in Gaeta

Base Nautica Flavio Gioia

Base Nautica Flavio Gioia/wiki/Gaeta#Base_Nautica_Flavio_Gioia
Marina icon Base Nautica Flavio Gioia [[Gaeta#Base Nautica Flavio Gioia|Base Nautica Flavio Gioia]] 41°12.904'N, 013°34.420'E

The marina offers a total of 215 berths for yachts up to 60 metres. Depths at the piers range from 2.0 - 5.0 metres. Yachts berth where directed on concrete piers with laid moorings. Water and electricity at every berth. Toilets and showers. Laundry collection and drop-off on board. WiFi.

info@basenautica.com; Tel: +39 (0771) 311 013; Fax: +39 (0771) 146 4580; VHF channel 09
Address: Lungomare Giovanni Caboto 93, 04024 Gaeta (LT), Italy
Hours: 24/7

Porto Santa Maria

Porto Santa Maria/wiki/Gaeta#Porto_Santa_Maria
Marina icon Porto Santa Maria [[Gaeta#Porto Santa Maria|Porto Santa Maria]] 41°12.585'N, 013°35.266'E

Visitor's mooring in the summer only. Open to winds from the northerly direction and also subject to surge in any wind. Water and electricity.

info@portoanticogaeta.it; Mob: +39 (333) 222 5430; Fax: +39 (0771XX) 45 202; VHF channel XX
Address: Via Docibile, 34 04024 Gaeta(LT, Italy
Hours: 8:00-19:00

Anchorages

In settled weather only, a yacht may anchor off the beach to the S of the Gaeta Peninsula, in the bay of Serapo, in 4.0 - 5.0 metres on sand. The anchorage is uncomfortable with winds from NW round to SE.

Amenities

Facilities
Water Water at all berths
Electricity Electricity at all berths
Toilets In Base Nautica Flavio Gioia
Showers In Base Nautica Flavio Gioia
Laundry In Base Nautica Flavio Gioia (collection and drop-off on board)
Garbage Bins close to the harbourcollection and drop-off on board
Supplies
Fuel Fuel station on the quay (0730 - 1930)
Bottled gas ?
Chandlers ?
Services
Repairs Hardstanding. Indoor storage. Slipway (up to 400 T). Hydraulic lift (100 T). Mobile crane (9 T). All engine, electrical and electronic repairs. Wood, fiberglass and steel hull repairs. Sail repairs. Divers.
Internet WiFi in Base Nautica Flavio Gioia
Mobile connectivity ?
Vehicle rentals ?

Provisioning

Provisions shops in the village, a few minutes walk away.

Eating out

Numerous restaurants and pizzerias in the town.

Transportation

Tourism

The old town of Gaeta is well worth exploring. The two splendid castles constructed by the forces of Anjou and Aragon in the 13th and 15th centuries respectively, are worth a visit. The Sanctuary of SS. Trinità, dating from the 11th century, was once visited by St. Francis of Assisi. Its Chapel of the Crucifixion was built in 1434 on top of a rock which had tumbled from the nearby cliffs. From the sanctuary you can visit the so-called Grotta del Turco, a cleft in the cliffs which leads directly down to the sea. The Church of the Annunziata houses the amazing Golden Grotto, an ornate room decorated with panels by the 16th century artist Giovan Filippo Criscuolo.

Gaeta town and harbour
Angevin and Aragonese castles, Gaeta
Sanctuary of SS. Trinità
’Golden Grotto’, Church of the Annunziata

Friends

Contact details of "Cruiser's Friends" that can be contacted for local information or assistance.

Forums

List links to discussion threads on partnering forums. (see link for requirements)

Links

References & Publications

See Italy.

Comments

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