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.

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

Closeby in Piazza della Vittoria there is the war memorial.

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”.

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

© Patrizia Esposito

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

© Austen Shapcott

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

Formia has a Railway 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 of the Italian National Olympic Committee, founded in 1955.

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All other photos I have taken myself and belong to me  © Louise Shapcott