Welcome to Maratea - The Pearl of the Tyrrhenian sea
Situated between the idyllic Campania at the North and Calabria at the South, the city of Maratea was founded during the 13th century, and is known as the "44 churches" town, unless only 11 are intra-muros. Its imposing cliffs and coastal strip spread out on 15.5 miles (25km) give you the opportunity of discovering one of the only one access to the Tyrrhenian sea, a real bathing paradise. Especially the one of Castrocucco provides a lovely shingle beach and marks the Southern end of the cliff.
Expect its surrounding areas and nature reserves which both are under the protection of the state and UNESCO,there, you will be able to enjoy Greek temples, Roman baths, Norman castles and even medieval abbeys far away from the noise of the bigger italian cities. We also have to add that this little corner of paradise is closed to many world famous italian attractions like Pompeii where you can discover the Mount Visuvius, and Naple or Capri !
Informations and fact
In this little and typically italian city, you fill can find local and unusual shops where you can buy local food specialities, wine, antiques and local crafts like ceramics and lace, but also tapestries, paintings, and iron works, things for which Maratea is known for.
Maratea is a little medieval town. The heart of the historic district is Piazza Buraglia, from where ,on foot, you can easily reach Piazza S.Maria Maggiore, a pretty picturesque place on the center of which you can visit the Church Chiesa Madre. Nevertheless, the main one is the Basilica of San Biagio, constructed late in the 6th and early 7th century. Your journey cannot end if you haven`t seen the spectacular marble statue of Christ the Redeemer, "Il Redentore" at the summit of Monte San Biaggio, in addition to what you will have the most wonderfull view of the Costa di Marratea from the peak. From there, you will be able to observe a breathtaking scenery, with several mysterious caves, charming creeks immersed in the vegetation. What`s more, the port offers the opportunity of renting local fishing boats and the whole place has a wonderful, and relaxing atmosphere. If you have the envy of taking a walk across the still intact nature and the contemplative moutain villages, you can also visit the Parco del Pollino, which is the largest national park of Italy. Eventually, the Tyrrhenian sea is ideal for scuba diving and snorkeling.
Standart time zone: UTC/GMT + 1 hour
In summer, Maratea is surrounded by many festivals in others cities. While some are historical and religious events, others more music concerts, or art exhibitions.There are also movie festivals which take place in August especially. During the summer season, from May to October, boat tours and driving courses are organized at Porto Maratea. Futhermore, the Baroque Monastery building of the Convento dei Cappucini offers an exhibition of archeological findings from the area, and then a jump into Maratea's past.