Our last week in Italy 1976. Fourth stop: Gaeta
Route from Positano to Gaeta.
Some facts about Gaeta
- One of the most stunning attractions of Gaeta is the Montagna Spaccata.
- The mountain has deep crevices that create a natural sea grotto.
- The waters around the coastline of Gaeta appear a deep turquoise blue and provide a stunning contrast to the countryside.
Our Vacation in Italy 1976: Remembering Gaeta
Grandpa Sam’s nephew Gennaro Serrapede and his family hosted us while we stayed in Gaeta. Gennaro love to go diving and showed us many fragments of ancient pottery he found during his dives. I found these object fascinating. On one of them, the handle of an earthenware pot was covered with many tiny shells. Others had deposits built up on them that formed an ornamental scrollwork. Gennaro displayed these finds on shelves throughout his apartment.
We went for a drive along the coastline, stopping to take photos of the narrow inlets and beaches below the highway. Each view was more beautiful than the next.
The last days of our travels were very hot and lazy. I remember falling into a deep sleep the night we were in Gaeta. I could hardly believe we would be returning to Rome the next day. Three weeks felt like three months. I wondered if I could get back into the faster-than-fast tempo of life once we got back to New York.
From Our Photo Album
Grandpa Sam, his nephew Gennaro, Grandma Josie and Grandpa’s niece Italia. Summer of 1976 in Gaeta.
View of Gaeta taken from the road which led out of town.
On the way to Gaeta, we stopped to take photos. The road was high above the coastline. Summer of 1976. This might be the grotto of the Montagna Speccata.
Gennaro took us to this church during a stop in our afternoon drive along the coastline. It may be the church of San Giovanni. If any of my readers can identify it please do so in the comments to this posting.
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