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.
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.