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"Perhaps there is any other landscape in Italy and most superb views. Imagine dozens and dozens of miles of jagged cliffs with caves, rocks, cliffs and smooth beaches in front of the most spectacular of the seas, now open wide and open now closed as sparse small docks. The dolomite separates from a chain, all flesh-colored rocks, dotted with almost abandoned villages, crumbling castles and ancient Saracen towers, a wooded slope broken by rivers and streams and buried under the foliage of oaks and chestnut trees."

Indro Montanelli

About Maratea

Basic Information:

  • Town: Maratea
  • Region: Basilicata
  • Province: Potenza
  • Zona: South Italy, on the Tyrrhenian Sea
  • Coordinates: 40°0′0″N 15°43′0″E
  • Surface: 67,32 km²
  • Population: 5 194 (by 30/09/2011)
  • Patron Saint: Saint Blaise
  • Saint Day: Second Sunday in May
  • Web site: Official Web Site


Maratea is a small town in the province of Potenza and it is the only town in Basilicata situated on the Tyrrhenian Sea.

For its picturesque coastal and mountain landscapes, and artistic and historical peculiarities, Maratea is a major tourist destination in this region and it is often called The Pearl of the Tyrrhenian Sea.

On 10 December 1990 the President of the Republic Francesco Cossiga has awarded the town of Maratea with the honorary title of "City" which was what the town already boasted in 1531 by decree of Charles V of Hapsburg.

To feel the beauty of this place you should visit it. Its landscapes are really unique and you must see then to appreciate. All around it is surrounded with not so high mountain that makes the view really incredible.

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What to see in Maratea?

The Redeemer Statue - The Christ of Maratea

The Statue of the Redeemer or Christ the Redeemer is a colossal sculpture placed on top of Monte San Biagio (Saint Blaise Mounth) above the town of Maratea. It is a notable to see from fa and you should not miss to go there.

More about Christ the Redeemer


See also in Maratea

  • Villa Nitti ad Acquafredda
  • La Basilica di San Biagio
  • Borgo fortificato di Castrocucco
  • Historical Center
  • La Gotta dell’Eremita
  • Il Monte Crivo
  • La Secca
  • Madonna degli Ulivi – San Biagio


How to go to ?

    • By Air

The town of Maratea is rather far from the main Airports of Italy. So the better solution will be to hire a car from these airports. In other case you should take a train from Napoli or Reggio Calabria.

The most close 139 km far from Maratea is Salerno-Pontecagnano Airport.

The other two Airports are far from Maratea 207 km in Lamezia Terme or in Napoli-Capodichino 216 km.


    • By Train

Maratea is on the line Napoli - Reggio Calabria and you can use trains to reach Maratea both coming with via air to the same airports or coming from North Italy or Europe by train.

For more information visit the Italian Railway web site.


    • By Boat

If you like to travel via sea in the summer months it is a good idea to go to Maratea via water lines. Maratea is a very popular port of the Mediterranean Sea. Strategically situated in the Gulf of Policastro it can hold over 500 boats, and it is equipped with many amenities.

You can reach Maratea from the main closest ports of Napoli, Salerno, Reggio Calabria or coming far from Maratea by boat.


    • By Car

The most good way to go to Maratea is by car. Only on this way you could enjoy, see and appreciate a big part of the beauty of this region.

From South or North Italy or Europe you can easy go to this region via Highway A3.

Coming from North Italy you should leave Highway A3 in Lagonegro, better exit in Lagonegro Sud. Then get the SP26, SS585 and go down to Sapri in the Tyrrhenian Sea. Continue on the south to Maratea.

Coming from South you should leave Highway A3 in exit Lauria Sud, continue to city of Lauria, then get SP3 and SS585 down to Tortora Marina. When you are in Castrocucco get the SS18 and go on the North while you reach Maratea.

There is another one optional way that is very narrow but adventurous for those who like it and more short. Once you are in SS585 you can go to Maurino, then Trecchina and go down looking for indications for Maratea. It is the shorter way to go down and more wild so you have a possibility to admire the country all around.

    • Go Around

The historical part of Maratea has rather narrow streets so you should leave your car out of there and to go walking.

If you like walking you can go by foot also to the Christ of Maratea that is on the other part of the forest.


TravelMapItaly Advices

It is advised to go to Maratea by car, so you will be movable to go and visit also some other place in this rather wild region and enjoy the beauty of the nature there.

But even you go with a car to Maratea take at least once a boat to go around, explore and admire this incredible place.


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