Beachside apartment in Formia, Nr. Gaeta, Lazio - Lowest Cost Italian Beach Side Apartment on Net. Just 10 Minutes Walk from Stunning Local Beaches
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This is a family apartment; we are not an agency or property developers. We now let this apartment during the weeks when we are not there ourselves as we live and work in the UK. We would like others to experience this area of Italy before the 21st Century hits it and transforms it beyond recognition. Now is the time to have a holiday of this kind while places like this still exist. You certainly couldn't stay in a town like this in Umbria or Tuscany or even Sperlonga at this sort of price. Our Formia flat is excellent value for money considering it is within walking distance of the beach and several wonderful resorts; quite a few of our guests are now good friends and return to Formia on a yearly basis. That is our best recommendation I think.
Lucia purchased this Apartment in 1970
Why Lucia chose Formia
My parents bought the property in the early 70's when the apartment block was being built. We have always used this apartment as a holiday home for when one or more of us are in Italy. We selected Formia for many reasons: at the time we wanted a new, modern easy to run apartment (which is furnished beautifully), located close to family connections and good friends but also within walking distance of the beach resort we have been going to for years; we wanted easy access to the town of Formia with all its shops, restaurants and cafes and we wanted good public transport, buses, trains, taxis as we do not always travel to Formia by car but we do also want to be able to our car or hire car close to the apartment if necessary. Although this apartment block does not have its own private parking area, we have never had problems finding a parking space nearby. Most of the time we are able to find one just below our block so we can keep an eye on it from the balcony above, but occasionally, in August, when there are more people in the area, we have had to park in Via Don Luigi Sturzo, near the Rosticceria Ravello, but that has never proved problematic in any way at all so guests should not worry if they book the apartment in the summer months and hire a car for the duration of their stay in Formia
What makes this Apartment unique
The expression Location, Location, Location is certainly appropriate here. This apartment seems to have it all. The beach resort we have a connection with is just a short walk away, the public beach is even closer. It is an easy apartment to manage: small but well equipped and easy to clean and maintain. We have a lovely cleaner who would be happy to come and clean for guests at a moment's notice at a very reasonable rate. She is also happy to provide housekeeping and cooking provision should the need arise. Having good public transport available makes it easy for guests to go for short or even longer breaks and not have to hire a car. We provide excellent value for money compared to other properties in the area; as we are not agents we are not looking for maximum income just for maintenance costs and guests that will believe will look after it when they are there. We are now almost always fully booked from March to November and quite a few guests return regularly; if not every year, every few years - that in itself, speaks volumes.
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Loved it! Arrived early evening Monday 10 August and let into the flat - first impressions were it was 'very Italian' and we were right! It is not a five star apartment with a swimming pool but it is a lovely homely two bed-roomed apartment. By the end of the week we wanted to buy it! Locally there is a very good Bakery, Pizzeria, Roast Chicken shop and a little supermarket. We ate most evenings in Il Tartufo restaurant which was exceptionally good and only two minutes walk away. The apartment has everything needed for a beach holiday including extra beach towns, wind breakers and chairs. We used the beach at The Grand Fagiano Hotel , five minutes walk away - the beach is perfect and the water beautiful. Although on the outskirts of the town it is well away from the hustle and bustle and a perfect retreat. The owner was fantastic, communications brilliant and nothing was too much trouble. Will be back, plan to be regulars!
I am so glad you enjoyed your time in Formia and that you are considering becoming 'regulars'. 50% of our rental market are now 'regulars'. It is a very 'Italian' environment. It doesn't suit everyone but it is perfect for people that want to live the Italian life as well as enjoy the Mediterranean sunshine. Some of our regulars have become very good friends and we often 'overlap' in Formia and spend the first few days there together. We offer our 'regulars' free stays off-season or even in the summer when the flat is free.
We look forward to hearing from you again soon
I have to say, staying here was a brilliant choice. This was my second time in the flat, having stayed there from July-August the previous year, and both times I couldn't have wished for more. The weather was fantastic (even for October/November) and I got to go to the beach and swim in the sea, all the while thinking about how everyone I knew must be freezing back in the UK! The flat itself was so nice: everything I needed was there and it was very comfortable. It was also great value for money compared to other summer rental flats in that area of Italy. All in all, I would thoroughly recommend staying here, as both on and off season it's a fantastic experience.
We went to a beautiful wedding right on the beach in Formia on 3 September so we found this apartment close-by. The apartment is clean, well equipped, comfortable and cool (not all Italian apartments have air conditioning; this one does and it was greatly appreciated). Formia train station is a short bus ride away so we didn’t need to hire a car and that saved us money and kept us safe (neither of us would have been comfortable driving in Italy). The owner is really helpful; she advised us on possible excursions and timings and where to go and eat in the Formia area. One of the highlights for me was the time we spent at an incredible private beach resort which the owner secured for us at a really low rate; had we paid the full amount it would have come to more than we paid for this apartment for an entire week. That alone is recommendation enough I think. Go for it, you won’t regret it I assure you.
My stay in Formia
I stayed in this flat in the beautiful area of Formia last summer. The flat itself was a great place to stay - very peaceful, air-conditioned which was useful as Italy is so hot in the summer, very comfortable and clean, only a short walk from the beach, the shops and the centre of Formia which is a very vibrant and exciting place to be with a lot going on, live music, shops open late etc. Formia station is also nearby, walkable or accessible by bus and so I could take trips into Rome or Naples. Lucia Mazzeo, who rented us the flat, was very helpful and even provided us with a suggested itinerary of excursions and places to eat in the evening. As a result, we had several lovely meals overlooking the sea and benefited from Lucia's excellent knowledge of the area. The beach near the flat is fantastic too, the water is very clean and if we did not want to pay for a sunbed and parasol on a private beach, there is a public beach where we could bring our own chairs and parasol etc. We spent a few days at a paying beach lido which was lovely and had a pool and again this was in walking distance of the flat. Overall a really wonderful stay and I would highly recommend this flat to anyone. Food was lovely, days out were great and the flat had everything we needed. Grazie tanto!
Dear Ms Greene,
Thank you so much for this wonderful review. I am so glad you enjoyed Formia and that you found the flat comfortable. It was lovely to meet you and your partner; we all enjoyed our day on the beach with you both; the pedalo was especially good fun. I've reserved the August 2014 dates for you as requested. I hope your friends enjoy Formia as much as you did. We will be there at the beginning of your stay for a few days so we can arrange another beach day together and maybe a meal at Zi Anna if you can make it.
A presto e Buon Anno
Special interest holidays:
In the summer Formia never sleeps: the magnificent Roman Theatre at Minturnae puts on open air operatic and theatrical productions from June to September. Formia and nearby Gaeta, put on open air summer theatre productions throughout the summer season all absolutely free, the area provides entertainment for people of all ages: Opera, Neapolitan songs, Classical Concerts, Pop and Rock Concerts, Traditional Folk Dancers and more. If you want to do more than just observe and admire, then Opera enthusiasts could have singing lessons with a professional opera singer in the local area. Two former guests who had lessons with this opera singer told us that they won two Music Festivals in the UK with the song that they worked on together in Formia. During the Easter season, you should go to the town of Sessa Aurunca, 25 minutes further south by car, to see the ancient medieval style Holy Week processions; or just go to Sessa for the Thursday market and enjoy a delicious lunch at Da Nicola.
The public beach is just a short walk away from the apartment. This is free and available to guests at any time of year. We store 1 or 2 parasols in the apartment. The stunning luxury resort of Miramare is a short walk from our apartment in the other direction. In the summer guests can spend one or more days at this resort at a very low rate. This really is as close as you can get to Heaven. You should not go to Formia and not have this experience; I guarantee you will never forget it; it will definitely be a highlight of your holiday. Next door to the Miramare is Lido Lo Scoglio which is a good alternative on the days that Miramare is full. I recommend booking these in advance if you are holidaying in Formia in August, especially during Ferragosto week which includes 15 August. If you a hiring a car then you must go to the beach in Sperlonga at least once, though maybe not in August as it is busy and expensive.
The nearest airports are in Rome and Naples. Take the airport bus to the station then take a train to Formia station. Once in Formia take a bus or a taxi to the flat. For first timers it may be best to take a taxi. Obviously you could hire a car from the airport if you prefer. If you intend to explore the area a hire car would certainly be your best option. We will send all our guests details of a local taxi firm and a car hire firm a short walk from the apartment.
The aqua park in Cassino is a must for active children and teens; its many waterslides and large swimming pools, will provide them with a day out that you will treasure forever. The port in Formia is just 1 Km. from the apartment and from there you can take a ferry to the Pontine islands of Ponza and Ventotene, where the sea water is a beautiful deep blue and there are caves and grottos to explore. Once there you could hire a glass bottomed fishing boat and explore the island for the day entirely on your own. Heaven!.
You may well ask yourself: 'Why Italy? There are beaches, water parks and water-skiing in cheaper locations everywhere so why bother with Italy at all?' I suppose what always made holidays in this part of Italy really special for me, is that even if we chose not to visit Pompeii or Montecassino or Rome or Minturnae, we could not stop the history and culture of this ancient part of Europe from having some impact on us and, more importantly on our children. Italy is known world wide as one of the cradles of civilization; even if you choose not to spend your time sightseeing you cannot fail but be overwhelmed by the history and culture all around you in this unique corner of Italy. When our children were younger we didn’t spend much time visiting roman ruins in the southern Italian summer heat, but being surrounded by these and other historical wonders was always very special. It is a daunting experience when you are casually window shopping in Formia Centro and you stumble on the remains of a Roman tower, or when you are driving to Sperlonga via Itri and you suddenly find yourself outside Cicero’s tomb or if you go to the Market in Sessa and you just happen to find a parking space opposite the magnificent Etruscan / Roman Theatre – quite by chance, not an experience you can have in many other European countries. What better early memory can you give your children than staying in a flat ‘just off the Appian Way’ or driving past a gigantic Roman Aqueduct on the way to the pool or having a picnic lunch in the Ancient Roman town of Minturnae, perched on the steps of a deserted Roman Theatre? You may also ask yourself why Formia and why now? What makes this an area of Italy still worth visiting today is that this region has not yet been totally transformed by 'progress' as many others have so it is still 'the real Italy' as it all was in the past and it is still affordable. But for how long? Places like this are few and far between in modern Italy so best to visit it now.