This Tyrrhenian part of Basilicata is a perfect meeting point between the sea and the mountains, another wonderful small tile of light and colour placed between the national parks of Cilento in Campania and Pollino in Basilicata and Calabria, overlooking the splendour of the Gulf of Policastro, with the hinterland of the Appennino Lucano Park stretching out behind. This is the land of Maratea, an enchanting town that sits high on Monte San Biagio but has its roots firmly planted in the rocks, and then falls gently towards the coast with its little port and its many beaches, alternating with cliffs filled with caves and small islands along a coastline that winds for some 32 kilometres. On summer evenings, the port and the marina at Maratea are brought alive by a holiday atmosphere, with bars, restaurants and other very chic meeting places offering live music, not to mention the finest delicacies of the local cuisine, the perfect blend of superb tastes from both land and sea.
Further south, in Calabria, the blue of the sea reflects the artistic murals that colour the walls of the historic centre of Diamante, a true pearl of the Tyrrhenian. The signs of the religious belief of this region are impressive: you need only visit the evocative Sanctuary of San Francesco da Paola or read the stories of the rabbis who came from all over the world to find the citrons that grew luxuriantly along the entire strong>Riviera dei Cedri to understand that this is not only a seaside destination, but also a true place of legend for the most discerning travellers.
Enjoy the sun and relax on the broad beaches of Scalea, Diamante and Amantea
Stroll through narrow lanes, little squares and aristocratic palaces, and discover some of the 44 splendid churches in Maratea
Go for a spin in a boat or pedalo on the islet of Cirella
Admire the colossal Christ the Redeemer statue in Maratea, which overlooks a breataking panorama surrounded by lovely hermitages and ancient medieval settlements
Visit the monumental Sanctuary dedicated to San Francesco da Paola, patron saint of Calabria
Look out at the sea from the charming village of Fiumefreddo Bruzio, one of the most beautiful towns in Italy, overlooking the blue of the Tyrrhenian
Soak up the sun in the unbelievable scenery of the beach at Arcomagno
Experience a rush of adrenaline by going rafting on the river Lao
Admire the Castello di Castrocucco, high above the sea with a breathtaking panorama over the whole of the Gulf of Policastro
Visit the Cave of Marvels, unique in Basilicata, with its spectacular setting of stalactites and stalagmites