Attractions to explore nearby Statue of Christ the Redeemer
The statue of Christ the Redeemer of Maratea is the work of the Florentine sculptor Bruno Innocenzi and was commissioned by Count Stefano Rivetti of Valcervo. The statue was erected in 1965 on the summit of Monte San Biagio in the old Maratea Superior, also called Castle, the place where once stood a memorial cross in stone. This is the third tallest statue of Jesus in Europe, after Christ the King in Świebodzin, Poland, and Cristo-Rei in Lisbon.
Monte San Biagio is an Italian town of 6 206 inhabitants in the province of Latina in southern Lazio. It is located on the slope of a hill part of the Monti Ausoni. Until 1862 it was known as Monticello. There are several dishes particular to Monte San Biagio, some using shrimp from the local lakes, and wild asparagus. The pork sausages are particularly distinctive, usually handmade from the meat and lard of the pig, mixed with chili pepper and coriander seed.
The basilica and sanctuary of San Biagio is the main place of Catholic worship in the municipality of Maratea, in Basilicata. It is the religious heart of the local Christian community and guardian of the relics of the patron Biagio. It is built on the highest point of the old town of Maratea, known as the Castle, and is its parish church. Tradition has it that it arose on the site of a pagan temple dedicated to Minerva. In 1940 it was elevated to the dignity of a minor basilica.
The cave of Marina di Maratea is a small cave located in the municipality of Maratea, in the province of Potenza, in the locality of San Giuseppe near the hamlet of the same name. The cave was set along a fault in the rock in the limestones of the carbonate series of the Giagola and Gada mountains of the Lower Cretaceous.