Mount S.Biagio | Maratea | the visit
The Ancient Maratea
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).
Starting the visit to the Basilica of S. Biagio, you can advance with a sure step towards the statue of the Redeemer.
On the right, just down on a terrace, you can see the ancient protective walls of the city, nowaday unfortunately forbidden to the visit.
Along the small avenue, always on the right, there are the ruins of two towers, once protecting the ancient Porta (Door) of the Carpini.
Once at the Redentore viewpoint, you can enjoy the enchanting view of the Maratea coast.
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.
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ADDRESS: Maratea, Borgo Castello - Top of Monte San Biagio, ca. 640 meters s.l.m.
EVERY DAY FROM 3 June to 30 September 2019;
only holidays and days before holidays from October 5th to November 3rd 2019;
only holidays and days before holidays from March 28th to May 1st 2020;
only holidays and days before holidays from May 16th to June 2nd 2020
the remaining days: direct access to the free parking in front of the Basilica of San Biagio
PARKING 5 eur / car for the first hour of parking; 3uro / hour for the following hours
SHUTTLE from parking to Basilica / Statue: 1 euro / person round trip