Formia is situated on the spectacular Gulf of Gaeta, backed by the impressive Aurunci Mountains. Formia’s name is derived from the Greek word "Hormiai" meaning "a safe place to lay anchor".  Formia was once the land of the Aurunci people before being taken over by the Volsci.


During Roman times Formiae became an important port and staging post along the ancient Via Appia.  It was a fashionable holiday resort for several Roman statesmen and today many ruins and ancient monuments of this era still exist.  









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Villa Rubino, in the Caposele district, is thought to have been a sumptuous house owned by the Roman lawyer, statesman, politician and philosopher - Marco Tullio Cicero.  The villa was built on three terraces, close to the sea,  overlooking  the Gulf of Gaeta. It had aquatic gardens, a fountain,  fishponds and a small harbour.  The remains of the villa can still be seen, however they are not often open to the public.



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Roman remains at the nearby little harbour of Caposele

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More ancient sea walls and Roman remains are to be found along Formia’s coastline.

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