Since Lisa and Massi were gonna host me for 2 nights and I had 4 nights to spend before heading to Budapest from Rome. I decided to check my options for somewhere seaside. After doing some research and asking to locals, I chose Gaeta, a small seaside town which is 120km to Rome. Why Gaeta? Less touristic it was and also had sandy beaches..
I decided to take the early morning train which was at 05:30, so I could easily spend the day eating Pizza drinking wine and later go for some drinks and take the train without needing a place to stay for the night.
From Rome-Termini to Formia, The train takes around 1,5 hours and from Formia you need to take public bus to Gaeta which takes off right in front of train terminal.
The good thing about Gaeta is you can walk to everywhere, lots of restaurants and few bars around. There is a long public beach in walking distance. The bad thing is, the best beaches are not close to the town, you really need a car to reach there and if you are thinking that you can hitch-hike, no you can’t.. I mean sure you can try, but it took so long for me to find some angel driver..
The day started so nice as the owner of the B&B I was staying in gave me a ride to the beach “300 stairs” and it was easy to walk down 300 stairs with the perfect view… BUT, after having that much of sun and climbing up 300 stairs, I faced with the reality that people are not that friendly there and they don’t give a shit to your finger for hitch-hiking :) I really was thinking it would be easy since it is a small seaside town, people should be friendly and so on… Well, maybe that was me, they simply didn’t like how I look..:)
I will not write much about food there since the pasta in the restaurant and the panini on the beach were one of the worst that you can taste in Italy, but At least I could find a nice market and cook my own Italian Feast the other day
Caution: “300 stairs” is a textile optional beach