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Fables of Light, Gaeta's Christmas illuminations

Are you ready to immerse yourself in the magic of Christmas, surrounded by the most beautiful Christmas illuminations in central Italy? Christmas in Gaeta is this and much more.

02 December 2022

3 minutes

If you are planning a Christmas holiday in Lazio or a trip to discover the most beautiful Christmas illuminations in Italy, one of the unmissable stops is Gaeta, in the province of Latina. The Gaeta illuminations are an unmissable event that allows you to explore this town rich in history and charm in a magical way. You will arrive in Gaeta for the Favole di Luce and fall in love with all that the town has to offer.

The Gaeta illuminations map

gaeta illuminations map
Gaeta is a very evocative location: it lies at the end of the Ulysses Riviera, the stretch of coastline that runs from Circeo to the Gulf of Gaeta, and its clear waters and white sand attract tourists from all over Europe. It is a town to discover and experience in all seasons, and during the Christmas period it becomes the focal point of the whole of central Italy, precisely because of the Christmas lights. The reason for this is the Fables of Light event that, since 2015, has illuminated the entire city from the end of October to the beginning of January with masterpieces of light that attract visitors and tourists from all over Italy. For the seventh edition of Favole di Luce in Gaeta, 14 installations colour the city, starting from the La Piaja district and arriving at Gaeta Medievale, passing through the historic centre and along the Lungomare Caboto. You can experience and admire them on foot starting from the beginning of the seafront. Starting with Come in un quadro (Like in a painting) in the La Piaja district, you can then go on to discover L'Ancora (The Anchor) in the Peschiera district, the Eiffel Tower at Villa delle Sirene and Le Palmaraie Des Lumières (The Palms of Light) on the Caboto Promenade, to Le renne scintillanti (The sparkling reindeer) in Corso Cavour, Il regalo luccicante (The shimmering gift) between Porta Carlo V and Porta Carlo III, Star Avenue in Viale degli Illuminati, L'acquario delle meraviglie (The aquarium of wonders) in Villa Traniello and many more. Alternatively, hop aboard the Trenini delle Luci (Light Trains) that depart from Piazza XIX Maggio. An effortless tour to discover all the Christmas lights in Gaeta. Rides leave every 15 minutes on Saturdays, Sundays and holidays until 15 December, from 3 p.m. to 10 p.m., while from 16 December to 6 January the Trenini delle Luci will operate every day during the same hours.

How to reach Favole di Luce in Gaeta

how to reach fables of light gaeta
Reaching the Gaeta illuminations by train is very convenient from all parts of Italy and Europe. Those travelling from the north can get to Rome, take the train to Formia and from there board the bus to Gaeta's Corso Italia. Those arriving from the south, on the other hand, can take the direct train from Naples to Formia and the bus to the centre of Gaeta. If you prefer to drive, the best parking area for Gaeta's illuminations is in Piazzale AVIR, a stone's throw from Corso Italia, while those arriving by camper van can park in the 'Spaltoni' area in Via Munazio Planco, on the slopes of Monte Orlando.

What to see in Gaeta at Christmas

what to see in gaeta for christmas
The Favole di Luce are just one of Gaeta's attractions during the Christmas period. There are many events scheduled, involving the entire town: the traditional Gaeta Christmas markets welcome you to the Villaggio delle Favole di Luce (Fables of Light Village) in Piazza XIX Maggio, while in Via Annunziata you can be carried away by the magic of Santa's Enchanted Village. Villa Traniello, in Gaeta's historic centre, hosts the Animated Marine Crib curated by the 'Gaeta and the Sea' cultural association. Whereas, from 11 November 2022 to 15 January 2023, you cannot miss Italy's largest ice crib in Corso Cavour. And while you are in town, we recommend visiting some of Gaeta's most evocative monuments, such as the Cathedral, the Temple of San Francesco and the small Sanctuary of Montagna Spaccata.
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