The town of Gaeta (LT) / About 20 Km from "Le Dimore Di Ponte Selce".
The history of Gaeta is shrouded in myth and legend. Here, in fact ,
according to Virgil , Aeneas finds rest , regaining their energies and there
buries the nurse Cajeta . Ulysses moored his ships in this sea , and there
was supplied with water, and then continue his journey in Terracina , to
bury his friend Elpenore , and Circeo , live for years of love and oblivion
with the Sorceress Circe.
The history of Gaeta is linked to tourism by about two thousand years , a summer destination for Roman nobility . After the fall of Rome followed the invasions of barbarian peoples and the raids of the Saracens who destroyed and looted , all the surrounding lands with the exception of the " castrum" of Gaeta , who, closed within its walls , was saved, grew in importance and was reference point for the whole area. The medieval period was not less rich in events : the lands ranging from the Garigliano funds fall under the influence of the Duchy of Gaeta, the Kingdom of Naples , the duchies of Funds and Traetto.
The Maritime Republic of Gaeta rose to great importance tapped money , he left written laws , traded for a long time , suffered numerous attacks .
The urban area became a small fortress and was dotatia of turreted castles and defensive walls . Many churches were built , magnificent or modest . And in this area, between Formia and Gaeta, was the final tragic episode that concluded the conquest of southern Italy : between November 1860 and February 11 , 1861, Gaeta, became the last capital of the dying kingdom of Naples, and this King Francis II and Queen Sofia of Bavaria, was besieged by the Piedmontese.