Formia © Antonio Casti

Formia Today

Formia has a lively commercial area.   The main street is Via Vitruvio. The town hall or  Palazzo Municipale was built in the 18th century. The Archaeological Museum of Formia is housed in a wing of the building  known as the Stalloni dei Borbone  as it was once a military barracks and stables during the reign of King Ferdinand II.

Archaeological Museum in Via Vittruvio Formia Italy
Archaeological Museum in Via Vitruvio Formia
Town Hall and Archaeological Museum in Via Vitruvio Formia Italy
The Main Street of Via Vittruvio in Formia Italy
Via Vittruvio in Formia Italy
Via Vittrivio in Formia Italy

Piazza Aldo Mora is nearby and attractively planted with olive trees and flower beds.

Olive Tree in Piazza Aldo Mora in Formia Italy
Garden in Piazza Aldo Mora in Formia Italy
Garden in Piazza Aldo Mora in Formia Italy

Closeby in Piazza della Vittoria there is the war memorial.

War Memorial in Piazza della Vittoria Formia Italy
War Memorial in Piazza della Vittoria Formia Italy
War Memorial in Piazza della Vittoria Formia Italy

Along Via Vitruvio and Via Rubino there are numerous fashionable shops, boutiques, bars and ice-cream parlours. A daily market is held in the centre of Formia, and a larger weekly market is held in the outskirts of  Formia near to the “Agenzia delle Entrate”.

Market Stall in Formia Italy
Market Stall in Formia Italy
Vegetable Market in Formia Italy
Delicatessen Stall Market in Formia Italy
Delicatessen Stall Market in Formia Italy

Formia has a fishing harbour with colourful little boats and a daily Fish Market.

Formia Fishing Harbour in Souh Lazio Italy
© Patrizia Esposito
Fishing Boats in Formia Italy
Fishing Boat in Formia Italy
Octopus in Formia Market Italy
Fish Market in Formia Italy

There is also a busy marina and port, from Molo Azzurra ferries sail regularly to the Pontine islands of Ponza and Ventotene.

Formia Harbour in Italy
© Austen Shapcott
Port of Formia in Italy

Formia has several beaches with colourful lido establishments at Vindicio, Santo Janni and Gianola.

Formia has a train station with excellent communication links with Rome and Naples, and also has good local bus services.

The municipality of Formia also includes several smaller nearby towns and villages of

Castellonorato, Trivio, Marànola, Gianola-Penitro and Santo Janni.

Formia is the seat of the National Athletics School CONI of the Italian National Olympic Committee, founded in 1955.