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Basilicata Information
Location of Basilicata
Area: 9,995 km²
Population: 600,000
Density: 59/km²
Capital: Potenza

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Provinces
Comunes
  • Matera
    • Accettura
      Aliano
      Bernalda
      Calciano
      Cirigliano
      Colobraro
      Craco
      Ferrandina
      Garaguso
      Gorgoglione
      Grassano
      Grottole
      Irsina
      Matera
      Miglionico
      Montalbano Jonico
      Montescaglioso
      Nova Siri
      Oliveto Lucano
      Pisticci
      Policoro
      Pomarico
      Rotondella
      Salandra
      San Giorgio Lucano
      San Mauro Forte
      Scanzano Jonico
      Stigliano
      Tricarico
      Tursi
      Valsinni

  • Potenza
    • Abriola
      Acerenza
      Albano di Lucania
      Anzi
      Armento
      Atella
      Avigliano
      Balvano
      Banzi
      Baragiano
      Barile
      Bella
      Brienza
      Brindisi Montagna
      Calvello
      Calvera
      Campomaggiore
      Cancellara
      Carbone
      Castelgrande
      Castelluccio Inferiore
      Castelluccio Superiore
      Castelmezzano
      Castelsaraceno
      Castronuovo di Sant'Andrea
      Cersosimo
      Chiaromonte
      Corleto Perticara
      Episcopia
      Fardella
      Filiano
      Forenza
      Francavilla in Sinni
      Gallicchio
      Genzano di Lucania
      Ginestra
      Grumento Nova
      Guardia Perticara
      Lagonegro
      Latronico
      Laurenzana
      Lauria
      Lavello
      Maratea
      Marsico Nuovo
      Marsicovetere
      Maschito
      Melfi
      Missanello
      Moliterno
      Montemilone
      Montemurro
      Muro Lucano
      Nemoli
      Noepoli
      Oppido Lucano
      Palazzo San Gervasio
      Paterno
      Pescopagano
      Picerno
      Pietragalla
      Pietrapertosa
      Pignola
      Potenza
      Rapolla
      Rapone
      Rionero in Vulture
      Ripacandida
      Rivello
      Roccanova
      Rotonda
      Ruoti
      Ruvo del Monte
      San Chirico Nuovo
      San Chirico Raparo
      San Costantino Albanese
      San Fele
      San Martino d'Agri
      San Paolo Albanese
      San Severino Lucano
      Sant'Angelo Le Fratte
      Sant'Arcangelo
      Sarconi
      Sasso di Castalda
      Satriano di Lucania
      Savoia di Lucania
      Senise
      Spinoso
      Teana
      Terranova di Pollino
      Tito
      Tolve
      Tramutola
      Trecchina
      Trivigno
      Vaglio Basilicata
      Venosa
      Vietri di Potenza
      Viggianello
      Viggiano

Basilicata Flag
Basilicata Airports
None
Basilicata National Parks
The Pollino National Park
National Park Val D’Agri Lagonegrese
The Gallipoli Cognato Park
Town of Maratea, Basilicata
Maratea Port - Photo: www.understandingitaly.com
This part of the Tyrrhenian coast is a well kept secret, offering popular and inexpensive holiday resorts for Italians but, as yet, it is little known by foreigners. Above the town of Maratea there is a high, windy road with heart-stopping hairpin bends, running along the length of the coast. The views of the sea from here are truly spectacular. They are among the best in Italy and rival the more famous Amalfi coast further north. The heavily wooded mountains fall dramatically down to the sea below and the landscape is unspoilt, both inland and along the coast. Colourful houses are dotted among the trees, the sea is azure blue and the hillsides green and lush.

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The coastline, Maratea - Photo: www.understandingitaly.com

Maratea itself is spread around a fairly large area and consists of the historical town, its outlying villages and countryside, the beaches and the port.

The actual town is 310 metres above sea level, nestled comfortably into the side of Monte San Biagio (644 metres above sea level).

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Maratea town - www.understandingitaly.com

It is known as the town of 44 churches, but only 11 are in the town, the rest are spread around the area classed as Maratea. Of these churches, 21 are open to the public, the main one being the Basilica of San Biagio which is situated near the top of Monte San Biagio. It was contructed around the late 6th, early 7th century and houses the remains of San Biagio, along with a silver statue of him. In his honour, every May, a procession takes place and the silver statue is carried from the Basilica to the main church of the old town. It stays there for a week and is then transported back again. Other churches worth visiting are the 16th century Santa Maria Maggiore, the Chiesa dell'Addolorata, the Chiesa dell'Immacolata and the Chiesa dell'Annunziata.

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Street in the town of Maratea - www.understandingitaly.com

Maratea Town Maratea is a pretty, medieval town, small and compact. It is typically Italian with narrow, cobbled streets, piazzas, numerous bars and restaurants and some unusual little shops. Visitors can buy local food specialities, wine, antiques, and local crafts, including ceramics and lace.

The whole town is overlooked by the large, white, marble Statue of Christ the Redeemer ('Il Redentore') with sits on the summit of Monte San Biaggio and can also be seen from the coast and miles out to sea. No visit to Maratea would be complete without a visit up to see this 22 metre high statue which is situated up a flight of steps opposite the Basilica of San Biagio. The views of the coastline and surrounding countyrside alone make the trip up there well worth while.

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Il Redentore - www.understandingitaly.com

Maratea beaches are stunning and all quite different from each other. Some are normal sand, others black sand and some are small black pebbles. All have crystal clear water and have consistently been rated among the cleanest in Europe. The seabed shelves very quickly and with only a few steps you are quickly in deep, clear water. You can swim out for quite a long way and it is still possible to see the bottom.

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Crystal clear water at Maratea - www.understandingitaly.com

This of course makes it an ideal area for snorkelling and diving. In the summer months all the beaches have public areas and various establishments with sunbeds, umbrellas, showers and bars. Some of the more well known seaside villages and beaches are Fiumicello, Acquafredda, Marina di Maratea, Castrocucco and Macarro.

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Fiumicello Beach - www.understandingitaly.com

The coastline is dotted with little sandy bays and sea caves which are only accessible by boat. Trips can be booked and it is possible to have a guided tour of the coastline or be dropped off at one of the bays and picked up later. There are also several places to hire small boats for the day so you can go off and explore in your own time.

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The beach at Marina di Maratea - www.understandingitaly.com

Maratea also has a port, once an old fishing harbour but now a small, but upmarket marina for sailing yachts and expensive motor boats. These are moored up alongside the small, local fishing boats and the whole place has a wonderful atmosphere. There are bars and restaurants alongside the port and it is a fantastic place to spend a couple of hours soaking up the sun and enjoying a meal whilst watching the boats manoeuvring in and out of the harbour.

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Maratea Port from Il Redentore - www.understandingitaly.com

There is also one cave which is accessible from the land which makes and interesting visit. La Grotta delle Meraviglia was discovered in 1929 by men who were constructing the road from Calabria. There are some amazing stalactite and stalagmite formations to be seen in the deep underground cavern.

During the summer months there are many festivals in and around Maratea. Many are either historical or religious and others include food tasting, music concerts, art exhibitions and other cultural events. There is also a film festival which takes place every year in August.

Maratea
Population: 5,205
Male: 2,517
Female: 2,688
Population density: 77.3 per square km

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Basilicata Information
Location of Basilicata
Area: 9,995 km²
Population: 600,000
Density: 59/km²
Capital: Potenza

Find a hotel in Basilicata
Provinces
Comunes
  • Matera
    • Accettura
      Aliano
      Bernalda
      Calciano
      Cirigliano
      Colobraro
      Craco
      Ferrandina
      Garaguso
      Gorgoglione
      Grassano
      Grottole
      Irsina
      Matera
      Miglionico
      Montalbano Jonico
      Montescaglioso
      Nova Siri
      Oliveto Lucano
      Pisticci
      Policoro
      Pomarico
      Rotondella
      Salandra
      San Giorgio Lucano
      San Mauro Forte
      Scanzano Jonico
      Stigliano
      Tricarico
      Tursi
      Valsinni

  • Potenza
    • Abriola
      Acerenza
      Albano di Lucania
      Anzi
      Armento
      Atella
      Avigliano
      Balvano
      Banzi
      Baragiano
      Barile
      Bella
      Brienza
      Brindisi Montagna
      Calvello
      Calvera
      Campomaggiore
      Cancellara
      Carbone
      Castelgrande
      Castelluccio Inferiore
      Castelluccio Superiore
      Castelmezzano
      Castelsaraceno
      Castronuovo di Sant'Andrea
      Cersosimo
      Chiaromonte
      Corleto Perticara
      Episcopia
      Fardella
      Filiano
      Forenza
      Francavilla in Sinni
      Gallicchio
      Genzano di Lucania
      Ginestra
      Grumento Nova
      Guardia Perticara
      Lagonegro
      Latronico
      Laurenzana
      Lauria
      Lavello
      Maratea
      Marsico Nuovo
      Marsicovetere
      Maschito
      Melfi
      Missanello
      Moliterno
      Montemilone
      Montemurro
      Muro Lucano
      Nemoli
      Noepoli
      Oppido Lucano
      Palazzo San Gervasio
      Paterno
      Pescopagano
      Picerno
      Pietragalla
      Pietrapertosa
      Pignola
      Potenza
      Rapolla
      Rapone
      Rionero in Vulture
      Ripacandida
      Rivello
      Roccanova
      Rotonda
      Ruoti
      Ruvo del Monte
      San Chirico Nuovo
      San Chirico Raparo
      San Costantino Albanese
      San Fele
      San Martino d'Agri
      San Paolo Albanese
      San Severino Lucano
      Sant'Angelo Le Fratte
      Sant'Arcangelo
      Sarconi
      Sasso di Castalda
      Satriano di Lucania
      Savoia di Lucania
      Senise
      Spinoso
      Teana
      Terranova di Pollino
      Tito
      Tolve
      Tramutola
      Trecchina
      Trivigno
      Vaglio Basilicata
      Venosa
      Vietri di Potenza
      Viggianello
      Viggiano

Basilicata Flag
Basilicata Airports
None
Basilicata National Parks
The Pollino National Park
National Park Val D’Agri Lagonegrese
The Gallipoli Cognato Park
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