Would you like to go to Rio de Janeiro to see the huge statue of Redeemer on Sugar Loaf but you don’t feel like it cross the Atlantic? No problem. The same emotion can be experienced much closer to us. To be precise a Marateain Basilicata, where there is, in fact, a statue of Christ overlooking the city. Now, the music that will accompany you will be the tarantella and not the sambathe statue is more recent – having been raised in the 60s, – and is lower since it reaches 21 meters against i 38 of that of Rio. But it is definitely more comfortable and there are many things to see in Maratea. In addition, the view of the sea is equally spectacular.
What to see in Maratea: The Christ of San Biagio
The Christ of Maratea in fact it is located on the Mount San Biagio650 meters high and dominates the gulf of Policastro and from up here you are enveloped in the beauty of these places. Perhaps still not sufficiently understood and appreciated. And if the tourist guides talk about «pearl of the Tyrrhenian Sea» for once they are not exaggerating.
From up here the world is all divided into two colors: the blue of the sea and the green of the Mediterranean maquis that comes to touch the beaches. Further out rocks and islets accompanying the over 30 km of coastline that seems undecided: uncertain whether to give in to the sweetness of its beaches or whether to use instead the austere look of cliffs and rocky walls.
Whatever the choice, however, going down to the sea is always a pleasure for tourists and they are spoiled for choice whether to dive into the Fiumicello beachin front of the rock of Calicastroa large bay with crystal clear sea and sandy shore or head to the more dramatic black beach of Cala Jannita which is located near a cave and reveals, in the contrast with the blue, its volcanic nature.
Whatever it is, after the sea, everyone will then arrive at the village of Marateaperched high on the hill, which still today welcomes tourists with the same appearance as when the inhabitants took refuge on these crags to escape the pirate attacks: and then alleys and squares, arches and portals, observation towers and, oddly enough, many churches. To be precise the beauty of forty four – for a country of less than five thousand souls – as the local tradition states which lists the long list of religious buildings and chapels but also hermit caves and prayer spaces often preciously fresco yourself. And we’re talking about the legacy of a distant and profound religiosity that blends here with nature.
Forty-four churches to discover
A richness that is nice to discover strolling the streets where it is impossible not to run into the very ancient church of San Vito and especially in the Basilica of San Biagiodedicated to the patron saint of the town, which is located at the top of the village, where the first nucleus of the town was founded and where once a temple dedicated to Minerva. In short, a special place, and it is no coincidence that it is also located nearby Angel cave where, probably, a hermit lived. One of the first to be impressed by this place who wrote it Indro Montanelli«is perhaps one of landscapes and gods most superb panoramas of Italy».
Sea, a medieval village and a lot of history. There would be enough to settle, choose to stop and enjoy something fresh in the bars of Buraglia squarein the heart of the village, front to the obelisk of 1700, but in reality there is a lot to do and see in Maratea also for those who love nature and life in the open air. Without giving in to the flattery of such a subtly fascinating place.
The town, in fact, is surrounded by the territory of three natural parks: that of Pollinoof the Cilento and ofLucanian Apennines and this allows you to go and discover wooded areas cut from the Walnut river where you can immerse yourself in the greenery between expanses of maple and elm trees. But in the clearings then, as soon as the wind picks up, you can smell the scent of juniper, wild fennel and broom bushes.
On the beach to discover the Tyrrhenian Sea
A journey into nature before returning to dive into the sea: there are many possible destinations but let’s choose the one A’Gnola beach, the longest of this stretch of coast, near where the Noce finally meets the sea. One of the many to enjoy and see in Maratea.
There sand is clear, the seabed descends calmly and it is easy to decide that bathing in the sun and sea prevents you from moving elsewhere. But that would be a pity because at the end of the beach, towards the north, there is a path that enters the rock and leads to the cala della Secca. Above is the rock, underfoot small clear stones and in front of the sea. Everyone’s dream is to experience it alone. But it’s not easy and then you can try to achieve it Crivi beach. It can only be reached by boat and is about thirty meters long. The rock here seems carved and they are in the stone fossils from the past. Today are instead the fish that swim under the surface and a mask is enough to see them finning. The Christ Redeemer, up there, watches and protects. Here, in the blue, it seems like nothing bad can ever happen.