Note:  Do not rely on this information. It is very old.


Gaeta (anciently Gaieta) a coast town of S. Italy, in the province of Caserta, 50 miles N. of Naples, is situated on a promontory jutting into the Mediterranean, and is strongly fortified, and has been called the Gibraltar of Italy. Its bay, which has been spoken of by Virgil, almost rivals the far-famed Bay of Naples. The town has been often besieged, and became the refuge of Pius IX. in 1848-49, and that of Francis II. of Naples in 1860-61. There are many Roman remains, among them being a round tower, known as Torre d'Orlando, which is thought, to be the tomb of Plancus, of consular renown. The Constable of Bourbon, killed in the siege of Rome, is buried in the citadel. There is a cathedral - in which is the body of St. Elmo, and which has a former altar of Bacchus as a font - and many churches and convents. There is considerable fishing, and a coasting-trade in corn, wine, oil, and fruits.

“Are you dejected? here is comfort. Are you sinful? here is righteousness. Are you led away with present enjoyments? here you have honours, and pleasures, and all in Christ Jesus. You have a right to common pleasures that others have, and besides them you have interest in others that are everlasting, that shall never fail; so that there is nothing that is dejecting and abasing in man, but there is comfort for it in Christ Jesus.”
–Richard Sibbes, Description of Christ