View of Formia © Antonio Casti


Formia is an interesting town on the coast of South Lazio. It is located on the spectacular Gulf of Gaeta in the the province of Latina.  Formia is situated approximately midway between Rome and Naples, close to the southern border of the Italian regions of Lazio and Campania. Behind Formia rise the majestic peaks of the Aurunci Mountains which tumble down to meet the sea. In Roman times it was a fashionable sea resort known as Formiae, sited along the ancient Appian Way.

Places To Visit in Formia

There are many places of interest to visit within the historical districts of Formia. These include: the Torre di Castellone, the Torre dell’Orologio, the Torre Mola, the underground Roman Water Cistern and the remains of a Roman theatre. There are also numerous churches to visit. The main street of Formia is Via Vitruvio which has a lively shopping area. In the town centre you can find the Town Hall and the Archaeological Museum. 

Formia Beaches

Formia has several sandy beaches at Vindicio, Santo Janni and Gianola. There is a fishing harbour with colourful little boats and a daily fish market. There is the main port and also a yachting marina at Caposele. 

The town has a train station and has good communication links with both Rome and Naples. Ferries run regularly from the port of Formia to the Pontine Islands of Ponza and Ventotene.

Formia and The Aurunci Mountains in Italy
Formia Harbour in Souh Lazio Italy
© Patrizia Esposito
Formia Harbour in Italy


A  Note  of  Thanks

My sincere thanks to all the people who have kindly given me permission to use their photos on this Formia website. Thank you to Antonio Casti, Maurizio Aprea, Domenico Feola, Patrick Abbott, Patrizia Esposito, Pirovagando …… accordingly the photos have been accredited to the photographer / owner. Thank you also to the photographers who have shared their photos via a Creative Commons License. Please note that images marked with * are in the public domain. All other photos I have taken myself and belong to me © Louise Shapcott. I ask you kindly – please do not copy or re-use any of the photos without requesting permission.

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Last Updated January 2018