Formia

Formia is located in the heart of the Gulf of Gaeta. It is a seaside location with its roots in ancient history, where the ancient Roman bourgeoise left behind the remains of dozens of villas and tombs, the most famous being that of Cicerone. Formia (from the Greek hormiai) extends between the sea and hills and includes the beaches of Vindicio on west and Gianola with the promontory of the same name to the east. As one of the oldest cities in the south of Pontine, Formia is rich in ruins: the medieval district of Castellone, the maritime and nightlife area of Mola built on Roman remains, the Roman Port of Gianola, and the Roman and Bourbon port of Caposele, the Roman Cisternone, The Roman fountain built at the side of the “via Appia”, the remains of the Roman aqueduct and the theatre and the cryptoporticus of the Villa Comunale. Some of the religious buildings including the church if S. Erasmo, S. Maria la noce and S. Rocco. Formia is also home to a National Archaelogical Museum located on the ground floor of the 18th- century council buildings. The city is surrounded by the picturesque suburbs of Trivio, Penitro, Castellonorato and Maranola, offering access to Mount Redentore, home of a statue of the same name and the Sanctuary of S. Michele Arcangelo. The commercial and tourist port offers connections to the nearby Pontine Islands.