Mount S.Biagio | Maratea | the visit
In addition to the ruins of the Ca, the visit includes the Sanctuary of San Biagio and the statue of Christ the Redeemer.
In the area the interesting Grotta Dell'Angelo (visit recommended only to experts).
Sulla destra, in basso su un terrazzamento, si possono scorgere le antiche mura di protezione della città, purtroppo oggi non visitabili da vicino.
Lungo il viale, sempre sulla destra, si distinguono i ruderi di due torri, un tempo a protezione dell’antica Porta dei Carpini.
Giunti al belvedere del Redentore, l’occhio non può non cadere sull’incantevole panorama della costa di Maratea.
Returning to the Basilica, go down to the right, where the square is inserted into the ruins of the ancient Maratea «Castello» [castle]
Along the old dirt road that runs through the ruins, you immediately notice a turret with red brick arches.
This was one of the many civil towers that protected the town.
Descending the stony road, one enters the nucleus of the ancient citadel, which appears literally gutted for the construction of the road itself.
You can therefore notice the interiors of the houses, which, as if out of the imagination of a bizarre artist, draw interesting architectural motifs.
You immediately notice the small size of the buildings, a quarter of the normal, and the bakery ovens hanging on the walls.
Along the road, on the right, the Palazzo Ventapane, a magnificent building with 32 rooms, opens majestically.
The large hexagonal loggia, which opens up large square windows on the sea, is flanked by a series of arches that connect this to the surrounding houses.
Going back to the Cudetta, the only preserved farmhouse, you can admire the houses of the ancient Maratea as they appeared centuries ago.
Continuing towards the hairpin bends of the modern road, you can see the ruins of another tower, with a square slot: this was the post to protect Porta S. Maria, which opened a little lower.
From here you can go up the road back to the parking behind the Basilica of S. Biagio.
USEFUL INFO FOR THE VISIT
Opening hours STATUA DEL CRISTO
HOURS: In Winter: Free access, open 24 hours a day
In Summer: admission fee
ADDRESS: Maratea, Borgo Castello - Monte San Biagio, approx. 640 meters s.l.m.
Winter period: Free;
summer period: 4 eur / car for parking, inclusive of shuttle service + admission ticket
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