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WorldMediterraneanItalyTyrrhenian CoastFormia
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Pontoons in Formia harbour

The harbour of Formia lies three miles NE of the peninsula of Gaeta on the Tyrrhenian coast of Italy. A well-known harbour and resort during the Roman era, it was the supposed site of the martyrdom of St Erasmus (or St Elmo), the patron saint of sailors, during the reign of the Roman emperor Diocletian. Outside the town on the route of the ancient Via Appia is a tomb reputed to be that of the famous Roman jurist and orator Marcus Tullius Cicero, who was assassinated in his villa here in 43 BC. Formia was badly damaged during the Battle of Anzio in World War II and the harbour area has been substantially rebuilt since then. The harbour contains a series of pontoons normally fully occupied by local yachts, but a yacht in transit can anchor moor to the breakwater in good shelter (although strong SE winds cause a surge).


British Admiralty


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)


See Mediterranean.



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

Also see World Cruiser's Nets.


The rocky promontory of Gaeta, three miles SW of the harbour, is conspicuous from some distance. Closer in, a mediaeval tower to the E of the harbour and the harbour breakwater are evident. The harbour is entered from ENE between the long outer breakwater and a short eastern mole.


A series of pontoons have been installed in the NW corner of the harbour. However, these are private and invariably filled with local boats. Visiting yachts normally have to berth on the inside of the E mole, where there are depths of around 3.0 metres at the root and 5.0 metres at the end. You will need to use your anchor here to go stern or bows-to the quay. There are no facilities on the mole.

Marinas & Yacht Clubs

Porto Nuovo Formia

Porto Nuovo Formia/wiki/Formia#Porto_Nuovo_Formia
Marina icon Porto Nuovo Formia [[Formia#Porto Nuovo Formia|Porto Nuovo Formia]] 41°15.262'N, 013°36.551'E

500 berths. Water, electricity, fuel berth, toilets, no showers, bar and restaurant. Max length 25m.

[email protected]; Tel/Fax: +39 (0771) 215 52; VHF channels 16 & 10
Address: Piazzale Amerigo Vespucci, 7 - 04023 Formia (LT) , Italy
Prices: For the latest prices see [XXX Price Listing]


None. Anchorage is forbidden in the harbour.


Water In Porto Nuovo Formia
Electricity In Porto Nuovo Formia
Toilets In Porto Nuovo Formia
Showers N/A (Not Available)
Laundry ?
Garbage Bins close to the harbour
Fuel Fuel station on the quay
Bottled gas ?
Chandlers ?
Repairs Boatyard W of the harbour. Hard standing. Slipway. Crane (20 T). Most engine, electrical and electronic repairs. Wood and fiberglass hull repairs. Divers.
Internet ?
Mobile connectivity ?
Vehicle rentals ?


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

Eating out

Numerous restaurants and pizzerias in the town.


  • Buses to Rome


There are few traces of Formia’s former glories that remain today, following the attentions of the Allies during World War II. The Roman tower tomb outside the town, reputed to be that of the famous Roman statesman Marcus Tullius Cicero, is worth a visit. In the town there are the remains of a first century BC Roman cistern, reputedly one of the largest ever discovered.

Mediaeval tower near Formia harbour


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


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



See Italy.


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  • Data compiled from web research (please update if possible) --Athene of Lymington 17:04, 10 December 2010 (UTC)

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