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Villa Accetta sits right on the Gulf of Gaeta, between Gaeta and Formia near the junction of two ancient Roman roads, Via Flacca and Via Appia. The silvery heights of the Aurunci Mountains rise in the background. The Accetta family has lived at the Villa for generations, and invites you to share in the beauty of their terraces and gardens and sea-front location for your holiday. Wealthy Romans have been coming to the area since the days of the Caesars. In fact, the villa lies on the ruins of a 1st century villa and piscina or fish pool, which aristocratic families used to keep fresh fish for entertaining. Beneath the floor of the villa (and visible through a glass floor in one of the apartments) runs the fresh-water spring called Artacia Fons that flows into the sea. Homer, Dante, Virgil and Ovid all wrote about this spring, where sea parched crews of Ulysses and Aenaeas found drinkable water after months at sea.
Winter at Villa Accetta is a time of peace and serenity, with few visitors to the area, just the sea and the mountains and the ancient city of Gaeta hovering across the bay. The villa is centrally located in the Ulysses Riviera, an area of stunning beauty and historical importance on the Mediterranean Sea halfway between Rome and Naples. The Gulf of Gaeta offers water sports from swimming to sailing, snorkeling and sail-boarding in the summer, and serene sea views across the Gulf of Gaeta to Ischia, Capri and Vesuvius in the winter. The Aurunci Mountains that provide the striking backdrop to the coast offer hiking opportunities in summer and winter, when snow often dusts the peaks. For skiiers looking for the 'real' Italy and great value for money, the Abruzzo Apennines are only about an hour away. Italy's fifth largest skiing resort area, Roccaraso, has more than 110 kms of piste. The ski season stretches from December until early April, and its southerly location promises sunny days to accompany the snow. Gaeta and Formia offer many wonderful restaurants that serve seafood caught daily in the bay. The towns also have extensive Roman ruins to explore, along with medieval churches and the splendid Turk's Grotto on Monte Orlando. Rome and Naples, and Pompeii, are about an hour away by train, making Villa Accetta an excellent home base. Winter also brings the opera season to the Real Teatro di San Carlo (Royal Theatre of Saint Charles) an opera house in Naples, Italy near the Piazza del Plebiscito, and connected to the Royal Palace. It is the oldest continuously active venue for public opera in Europe, opening decades before Milan's La Scala and La Fenice in Venice.
A stay at the villa in the summer is a particular joy, as the use of the private beach with lounge chairs, towels and umbrellas is included in the rental. Villa Accetta is one of the very few private residences with this much adjoining space for intimate holidays, family reunions, celebrations and group vacations, and is the ideal place to spend a serene, peaceful holiday, within day-trip distance of Rome or Naples, but with none of the chaos of the cities. The Villa's private beach and private parking are a premium on the Gulf of Gaeta, which attracts lovers of water sports such as swimming, sailing, snorkeling and sail-boarding. The surrounding mountains offer hiking opportunities. Or, if you choose, you can lie by the sea, soak up the sun, and relax.
The two towns adjacent to the villa, Gaeta and Formia, offer wonderful restaurants that serve seafood caught daily in the bay, in addition to Roman ruins, medieval castles, ancient churches and shops, bars, trattoria, restaurants, pizzerias and gelaterias. The accessibility of the train, only a 10 minute ride by taxi or bus from the Villa, makes Villa Accetta an excellent home base for exploration of the entire area, without having to deal with city traffic. Day trips by train to Rome, Naples, Capri, the Amalfi Coast, or Pompeii are available, and taxi or bus journeys to the Abbey of Montecassino, the royal gardens at Caserta, or to some of the dozens of medieval hilltop villages in the region are just a few options.