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AERIAL VIEW photo of the Old Town, Gaeta, Lazio, Italy. VEDUTA AEREA foto, Città Vecchia, Italia.

Jutting out into the Tyrrhenian Sea, picturesque Gaeta is a fishing town and a popular touristic destination situated between Rome and Naples. The town has a rich military history with some archeological remains dating back to Roman times and military fortifications from the Middle Ages. A US navy base is located near the Old Town. Gaeta, Province of Latina, Lazio, Italy.

AERIAL VIEW photo of a sea cliff, Gaeta, Lazio, Italy. VEDUTA AEREA foto, scogliera, Italia.

Just on the outskirts of town, midway on the rocky promontory, there is the urban regional park of Monte Orlando. On the southern part of the park stands the impressive cliffs of Montagna Spaccata. Gaeta, Province of Latina, Lazio, Italy.

AERIAL VIEW photo of a cliff, Gaeta, Italy. VEDUTA AEREA foto, Montagna Spaccata, Monte Orlando, Italia.

Gaeta is a seaside resort which offers plenty of options for watersports in a scenic location with a pleasant mediterranean climate. A short distance from the popular Serapo Beach, the limestone cliffs of Montagna Spaccata offer an alternative to watersports with rock climbing. Gaeta, Province of Latina, Lazio, Italy.

AERIAL VIEW photo of a rock formation, Pisco Montano, Terracina, Lazio, Italy. VEDUTA AEREA foto, Italia.

Pisco Montano is a 100-meter-high limestone monolith located at the southern entrance of the town of Terracina. A road cut between the sea and the monolith was made in Roman times to facilitate a passage for the Appian Way. The historic city’s entrance is marked with the Porta Napoletana. Terracina, Province of Latina, Lazio, Italy.

AERIAL VIEW photo of a plaza in Terracina, Lazio, Italy. VEDUTA AEREA foto, Italia.

Plaza Guiseppe Garibaldi and Church of the Santissimo Salvatore. Terracina, Province of Latina, Lazio, Italy.

AERIAL VIEW photo of Montecassino Abbey, Cassino, Lazio, Italy. VEDUTA AEREA foto, Abbazia di Montecassino, Italia.

The Abbey of Montecassino was founded in the 6th century by St. Benedict. It is situated on a hilltop overlooking the town of Cassino. This imposing architecture, nearly 500 meters above the valley floor houses a museum and welcomes about 300,000 visitors per year. Cassino, Province of Frosinone, Lazio, Italy.

AERIAL VIEW photo of Montecassino Abbey, Cassino, Lazio, Italy. VEDUTA AEREA foto, Abbazia di Montecassino, Italia.

Over its long history, the abbey had its share of calamities with ransacking by Lombards in the 6th century, Saracens in the late 7th century and an earthquake in 1349. in 1944, the abbey was completely destroyed with many Italian casualties by allied bombing who wrongly believed it was a strategic German post along the Gustav Line. It was rebuilt exactly the same after the war. Cassino. Montecassino Abbey, Cassino, Province of Frosinone, Lazio, Italy.

AERIAL VIEW photo of a Torre Alfina Castle, Lazio, Italy. VEDUTA AEREA foto, Italia.

At an elevation of 602 meters above sea level, Torre Alfina Castle is a beautiful medieval castle crowning the eponymous village. The village is listed as one of The most beautiful villages in Italy (I Borghi più belli d'Italia). The origins of the castle cannot be ascertained and the first documented mention is from the 13th century. The current architecture is the work of Edward Cahen D'Anvers, a wealthy Belgian who bought the property in 1880. Provincia of Viterbo, Lazio, Italy.

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