Maratea, the “Mediterranean Rio de Janeiro”!
Written with love by Alessia
Located on the only narrow strip of land overlooking the Tyrrhenian Sea in Basilicata, it is of Italy’s most impervious and unexplored regions. I’m talking about Maratea, a rare gem, hidden between the rugged mountains surrounding it and the deep blue sea.
The epithet ‘Mediterranean Rio de Janeiro’ links the statue that towers over the town to the Brazilian city. This is the so-called ‘Cristo di Maratea’.
That statue is located on top of Mount San Biagio. It recalls the similar but much bigger and famous statue overlooking the Brazilian city.
In fact, the statue does not exactly depict Jesus Christ, but St Biagio. He is the patron saint of the town (a fact that is easily guessed from the high percentage of locals with the name Biagio).
From the base of the suggestive statue, it is possible to admire a beautiful panorama over Maratea and the entire Policastro Bay, which becomes even more fascinating with the lights of sunset.
But Maratea’s strong point is undoubtedly the variety and breathtaking beauty of its beaches. Those alternate for 32km along with the jagged profile of its promontories, surrounded by lush Mediterranean scrub. Some of these beaches can only be reached by boat. For that reason, I recommend that you hire a small boat at the port and enjoy every secret corner of Maratea. Onboard your boat you may also visit the nearby island of Dino. You can find it just a few meters off the coast of the nearby town of Praia a Mare.
But Maratea is not only wonderful beaches and clear waters. From the beauty of its churches to its culinary delights and stunning hotels, it is worth taking a dip in Maratea!
If you are in search of off the beaten path destinations, you should add Maratea to your Italy travel itinerary.
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