Casa Rubino

  • Location: Beach / Coast
    Great restaurants: In walking distance
    Closest beach: 15 minutes walk
  • Naples International Airport (NAP): 95km (1h 15min)
    Rome Airports (FCO and CIA): 160km (2h by car)
    Car recommended
    Free parking
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An introduction to Casa Rubino

How would you describe Casa Rubino in a nutshell?

Casa Rubino is a lovingly renovated apartment in the heart of medieval Gaeta that blends the past and the present, with influences from southern Italian culture.

What is the story behind Casa Rubino, what was your inspiration to create it?

The main inspiration to renovate Casa Rubino was the blending of past and present. The floor, for instance, was created using modern technology but with the same stones as the entrance to the medieval building. This gives a sense of continuity from outside to inside and from past to present. The walls were all painted by hand using lime and an ancient technique.

In collaboration with architect Sergio Pone, we decided to open the apartment as much as we could towards the sea, with the open-plan living room and kitchen reflecting this intention.

I was concentrating on decorating the kitchen and bathrooms with handmade tiles from Naples in colours inspired by Gio Ponti and his Parco dei Principi Hotel in Sorrento — blue, light blue, green and white. In the bathrooms, we went with stripes and in the kitchen, a chequered pattern.

How would you describe the atmosphere and the interior design of Casa Rubino?

To me, Casa Rubino is a place that offers peace and energy at the same time. It’s surrounded by beauty — the blue sea and blue sky!

To you personally, what is so special about Casa Rubino?

It’s a family place that I am emotionally linked to. The apartment has been in the family for many, many years after being acquired by my father roughly 50 years ago. However, it was always rented and not in particularly good shape.

When I decided to transform it into a modern and elegant apartment, I wanted it to be a vessel for my creativity. I am a fashion designer and have always been quite into home decor. After more than a year of hard work and with the help of architect Sergio Pone and his team, I am more than satisfied with the result.

Sea view from the apartment
Living room and view
Dining area and living room
Living room
Dining area
To bedroom 1
Bedroom 1
Bedroom 2
Bathroom 2
Bathroom 2
Bedroom 3
Bedroom 3
Bathroom 3
Bathroom 3
Terrace views
Terrace views
Small alley just outside the building
Small alley just outside the building
Small square at the end of the alley

Casa Rubino rooms & rates

When you open the main door from the street, you step into another era, as the building’s entrance hall dates from the mid-19th century. After climbing a steep stone flight of stairs, you reach the door of the apartment, which leads into a short corridor that is lined with a series of cupboards.

Two steps and you are in the kitchen with handmade tiles designed by me and furnished with beautiful lamps and a Scandinavian design table. My father bought the table years ago for a little house he and my mother owned in Milan. The kitchen space opens up into the living/dining room so that even from the entrance corridor, you can see the beautiful sea view.

The three bedrooms, each with its own ensuite bathroom, are accessed from the kitchen and living space. The Blue Room enjoys the same sea view as the living room while the other two bedrooms (as well as the bathroom of the Yellow Room) have lateral views of the bay. The bathroom of the Red Room has a large window overlooking the garden below. Two of the three double rooms can be transformed into twin rooms.

Except for a few pieces, all of the furnishings are design pieces that either myself or my partner already owned and are rare to find in a rental. These include:

  • Tavolo Gamma, Cappellini; Jasper Morrison
  • Tavolo B617 Friz Hansen Superelliptical; Piet Hein
  • Tavolo Vassoio, Hay
  • Sedie Carimate Cassina, Vico Magistretti
  • Lampada Arco Flos; Achille Castiglioni
  • Lampada Tojo Flos; Achille Castiglioni
  • Lampade Eclisse Artemide, Vico Magistretti
  • Lampada Parentesi Artemide, Achille Castiglioni
  • Lampada Disco 2133 Arteluce; Sarfatti
  • Lampade Tolomeo Artemide, Michele De Lucchi
  • Lampada Ph5 Poulsen, Poul Henningsen
  • Lampada Sole, Fornasetti
  • Lampada Lanternina OLuce; Laudani e Romanelli
  • Lampada Dioscuri Artemide; Michele De Lucchi.

As with the kitchen tiles, the tiles in the three bathrooms were been designed by me and realised by “Ceramica Stingo”, a family-owned tile factory dating back to the 18th century. On the walls of all the rooms (including the bathrooms) are beautiful artworks and photographs from my own collection.

  • Casa Rubino for 6 people / 100 m²
    550 / night
    • 3 Double bedrooms
    • 3 Shower rooms (ensuite)
    • 1 Living room
    • 1 Kitchen
    • Sea view
    • Air conditioning
Included in the rates
Rates are on a self-catering basis and include taxes.
Optional extras
Available on request (with enough prior notice): pre-arrival shopping, extra cleaning, babysitting.
Extra charges
A city tax of EUR 1 per person, per day (ages 14 and older and for a maximum of 10 days) is charged per person, per night (payable at the property).
Children & Extra beds
Children of all ages are welcome and there is space for a baby cot in the living room. Since there are valuable items throughout the property, parents are asked to take extra care keeping an eye on their children.
Minimum stay
7 nights
Check in time
after 16:00
Check out time
before 11:00

Facilities & services

  • Children welcome
  • WiFi
  • Air conditioning
  • Terrace
  • TV
  • Washing machine
  • Central heating
  • Iron & Board
  • Hair dryer

Guests have access to a fully equipped kitchen with all necessary amenities, including a kettle, a Nespresso machine and a dishwasher. There is also a washing machine and drying machine, plus an iron and a hairdryer.

The apartment is fully air-conditioned and, in the winter months, is heated with a state-of-the-art floor heating system.

Additionally and unlike most of the apartments in medieval Gaeta, it comes with a parking space just a few steps from the entrance.

Things to do in Lazio & Gaeta

  • Art / Culture
  • Tennis
  • Cycling
  • Horseback riding
  • Sailing / Kayaking
  • Boat trips

Gaeta is famous for its history and its beaches. The climate is fantastic and the food is great — everything that tourists normally seek in an Italian destination. The closest beach can be reached on foot in 15 minutes while the others require a 10-minute drive.

Aside from the beaches, you can climb wonderful Monti Aurunci and explore the countryside, which is entirely covered with olive trees (Gaeta olives are quite famous in Italy). Both the coastal towns of Sperlonga to the north of Gaeta and Itri (which is located inland) are just half an hour away and particularly renowned for their beauty.

In an hour from Gaeta, you can reach the Benedictine abbey of Montecassino, the second oldest in Italy, which was founded in the 7th century by Saint Benedict himself. In roughly the same time, you can also reach the famous Garden of Ninfa, a beautiful and impressively large, scenic garden that was founded in the 17th century amongst the ruins of a town once owned by the noble Caetani family.

Other interesting sites include the pre-Roman town of Sessa Aurunca, which still exhibits many beautiful churches and other monuments from its almost 3,000-year-old history. The town of Capua is also scattered with monuments documenting its old and significant past.

From Formia, visitors can access the beautiful islands of Ponza and Ventotene, which form part of the so-called Pontino Archipelago. The area immediately south of Gaeta is famous for the quality of its Buffalo Mozzarella. While the name “mozzarella” is used to define even industrial cheese these days, the actual mozzarella (now protected as “Buffalo Mozzarella”) is made only with buffalo milk in two zones to the north and south of Naples. The area near Caserta (north of Naples) is quite close to Gaeta.

Casa Rubino reviews

5 of 5 stars
Verfied Welcome Beyond stay
An amazing experience. Francesca and Camillia were so kind and accommodating.

My family and I throughly enjoyed our time in Gatea.

The apartment was great, and spacious. We had all that we needed and some. The location was also excellent. We did not need a car as we walked to the local beach and also the fantastic local restaurants. Having a car is good as we were able to visit some other towns in the area.

A few small improvements but not major.... make people aware of the stairs in the village... it was OK for us, but if the guests are elderly, they might need help. The other improvement to consider is to have recommendations of places to eat and beaches to visit. We found one place on the beach, and the family was so delightful, and the food was great. Maybe an online folder that you can update as guests share their experiences. I have seen another host in Welcome Beyond offer an online list of recommendations, which helps us decide what to do. This is just a suggestion.

Other than that, we will be back... we are afraid to share it with others in case the place is fully booked!

Thank you both again for sharing your beautiful property and amazing town.
Jacqueline M.
stayed at Casa Rubino in July 2023

The location of Casa Rubino

While the apartment building is believed to date back to medieval times, it was rebuilt in its present form in the middle of the 19th century. It is located in the top part of medieval Gaeta and very close to the two castles that crown the old town. The area is very picturesque, with narrow alleys and many steps going down to the port.

Gaeta has managed to retain its authentic flair as for many centuries it was a military outpost and was never developed as a tourist town (despite its famous beaches). Since the NATO fleet left its shores, the town has been transformed over the last 10 years into a little gem. Many foreigners have started visiting, alongside the Neapolitans and Romans that have flocked here for years during the summer months.

Without a car, visitors can get here via the little town of Formia, which is just seven kilometres away. The journey from Rome takes a little over an hour and just under an hour from Naples.

When is the best time to visit Lazio?

The climate is wonderful most of the year. But if the idea is to hit the beaches, the period from late May until late September is best.