"Magic of Maratea" Maratea by Tolik

Maratea Travel Guide: 28 reviews and 48 photos

Maratea is the most renowned tourist center in the Basilicata region. As beautiful as the Amalfi coast a hundred miles to the north, lovely Maratea lies three hours south of Naples on the Gulf of Policastro, between Campania on the north and Calabria to the south. The scenery is picturesque, with the sea and backdrop of the mountains.
Maratea offers amazingly well preserved historic center, beautiful beaches, footpaths for excursions and excellent resort on the slope of the San Biagio Mountain. The colorful Festival of San Biagio draws crowds of locals and tourists alike in mid-May.

Thirty years ago few foreigners have even heard of Maratea, which Italians have long prized as a better, less crowded alternative to the Amalfi Coast. It is not the case today. Staying at the Pianeta Marate resort, we even met fellow Edmontonians here (Edmonton is the capital of Alberta, Western Canada province). If you are looking for a relaxing vacation where you can enjoy the pleasures of fine dining, strolling, beautiful scenery, Maratea is for you.

Five things to do in Maratea:

1. Ascend the San Biagio mountain. The views that unfolded are spectacular.

2. Explore the caves on the mountain slope.

3. Walk into the streets of Maratea’s Centro Storico to find shops and restaurants to suit all tastes and pockets.

4. Visit the St Mary Chapel just below the Pianeta Maratea resort.

5. Make a daytrip to visit the Naples area (the Vesuvius Mountain, and Herculaneum or Pompeii).

  • Last visit to Maratea: May 2004
  • Intro Updated Jul 4, 2004
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  • Sep 9, 2009 at 4:00 PM

    very very niceeeeeeeeeeeee

  • Dec 10, 2006 at 5:09 AM

    I am staying there Sept 2007, do you have any photos, also did you have to travel through any tunnels to and from the area?

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    Oct 20, 2005 at 6:24 AM

    Had nver heard of this place, but tonight I've visited two diferent VTers pages. Seemsl like an excellent place to visit. Molto interessanto & bellissima!

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    May 13, 2005 at 10:19 AM

    Basilicata is on my list. Thanks for sharing your tips of this region. Isn't it great traveling with your kids?

  • Jul 12, 2004 at 4:20 PM

    Amazing place!

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