Cultural Visits in Maratea and surroundings
Medieval castles, churches and historical centresClick in the images below to enlarge:
La Locanda delle Donne Monache Hotel is located in the historical center of Maratea, in Basilicata region, south Italy.
La Locanda advices to discover the life of Maratea visiting its typical "vicoli", little streets with fabulous arches, stairs, old shops, ending your nice walk with the characteristic "piazzetta", the main square, where you can relax enjoying the view. Maratea is famous to have many churces: in particular, there are 44 churches. A must, between these 44 churches, is The Basilica of San Biagio of VI - VII century: San Biagio was an Armenian Bishop and Martyr, patron of the organs of the throat, and his remains are inside the church. Suggestive is also Chiesa di Santa Maria Maggiore with Baroque decorations and marble altars. This church is called "Mother church" because it's visible from all the city centre of Maratea and unique is the square in front of this church at sunset with the statue of Christ that is visible at the top, certainly suggestive.
On San Biagio mountain, do not miss the main attraction of Maratea: the statue of Christ the Redeemer, 22 meters high, overlooking the entire city of Maratea. Commissioned by Count Stefano Rivetti, it was created by the Florentine sculptor Bruno Innocenti with a mixture of white cement and marble of Carrara.
There are about thirty kilometers of coastline that Maratea offers to seaside tourism, full of small coves and caves: some of them are accessible only by sea using boats that can be rented at the port of Maratea, also with guided tours.
It is very interesting, in Maratea, also the permanent exhibition in the Museum of Palazzo de Lieto that it's close to La Locanda delle Donne Monache Hotel.
From Maratea, You can easily reach the historical centers of Rivello (19 km), Nemoli (22 km) and Lagonegro (30 km). Just 45 minutes away, there is the Certosa di San Lorenzo in Padula (60 km), UNESCO World Heritage Site. La Certosa houses the archaeological museum of Western Lucania.
85 km away, there are the wonderful and famous Caves of Pertosa.
The archaeological site of Paestum is about 108 km, Brienza (90km) with the medieval village dominated by the castle Caracciolo, and the archeological site of Grumentum (70 km).
Another advice is an impressive day trip through the route of the castles of Frederick II of Svevia: Castel Lagopesole (151 km), Melfi (179 km), Venosa (184 km) and Palazzo San Gervasio (183 km).
Of particular interest is the city of Matera (178 km), UNESCO World Heritage Site and European culture capital in 2019, that, in addition to the famous "Sassi", offers museums of ancient and contemporary art. Matera is a town famous for its extensive cave-dwelling districts, "the Sassi": visitors can stay in caves, wander the lanes alongside the picturesque cave-filled cliffs, and learn the history of this fascinating place. Matera's biggest festival is the "Festa della Bruna" on the 2nd July each year, involving processions, costumes and fireworks.