Grotta del Leone
Isola Dino, 87028, Praia a Mare CS, Italy
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The Grotte del Leone is a karst cave located on the Pisan Mountains, in the locality of Agnano, municipality of San Giuliano Terme in the province of Pisa. The cave, which owes its name to a stalagmite formation whose shape resembles that of a lion, is made up of a large collapse hall that descends towards the east where there is a small lake, probably connected to that of the nearby Buca dei ladri . It has been the subject of human visits from the Upper Paleolithic since historical times.
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The island of Dino is an Italian island located along the northwest coast of the Tyrrhenian Sea, opposite the town of Praia a Mare in Calabria, more precisely in front of Capo dell'Arena in the south of the country. The name perhaps derives from the fact that on the island there was a temple dedicated to Venus, or, more accredited hypothesis, it is the one that would derive the name from the Greek etymology Dina, or vortex, storm.
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.
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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 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.
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Difficult accessibility and lack of extended promotion make Basilicata one of the most remote and least visited regions of Italy. However, tourism is slowly growing since the early 2000s. Matera, once dubbed "national disgrace" by prime minister Alcide De Gasperi who urged to take strict development measures due to its extreme poverty, is now Basilicata's main attraction and has gained fame worldwide for its historical center, the Sassi, designated in 1993 as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.