One lunchtime Kay and I we drove down towards Gaeta to Sant’Agostino beach, which is situated on the Via Flacca between Gaeta and Sperlonga. There is a simple restaurant there that overlooks the beach, the Miramare, that we often frequent. We were greatly disappointed that it was closed on this occasion, so we drove on towards Sperlonga and parked in the parking area near Levante beach. We took a lovely stroll along the golden sands in the direction of the little harbour.
The beach was practically deserted, despite the beautifully warm and sunny May weather.
Sometimes we forget how lucky we are to live near to the stunningly beautiful coastline of the Riviera Di Ulisse.
The harbour and Torre Truglia.
We found a lovely little bar on the harbourside called “Il Porticello” where we had a lovely lunch of Insalata Caprese a simple but very tasty salad, made of sliced fresh mozzarella, tomatoes, basil and olive oil.
Another day we returned to the “Miramare” at Sant’Agostino, this time we were more lucky. Our table was outside overlooking the beach, we had a lovely lunch – Kay had another Caprese salad and I had crispy deep-fried seafood. Scrummy !!!
We then went for an afternoon stroll to help work off our lunch.
Sant’Agostino is a 2 km stretch of golden sandy beach and is very popular with Italians from Rome and Naples, especially during the month of August. Originally here there were just sand dunes but now there are various small restaurants and bars dotted along the way, and although there are some bathing establishments on the whole it is a free beach.
One end is still guarded by an ancient watch tower, one of many such fortifications built along the coastline to guard against marauding Saracen pirates.
At the opposite end you can see one of the several road tunnels that run along the coast, and the remains of the ancient Roman Via Flacca.
It was a perfect day for taking photos ….
All photos by me © Louise Shapcott