For a long time Maratea was divided into two settlements that coexisted for several centuries, the oldest one is Maratea Superiore, currently known as castle, located on the top of Mount San Biagio and Maratea Inferiore, the current historical centre that occupies the northern slope of the same ridge.
The itinerary follows the path that leads from the historical center to Madonna degli Ulivi through the evocative Bosco dei Carpini to reach the top of the mountain where the statue of Christ the Redeemer stands out. Once at the top the glance of the Maratea Valley and the Gulf of Policastro offers a suggestive view. Important is also the visit to the Pontifical Basilica of San Biagio, patron of Maratea, the main place of worship of the area. The descent crosses the old road that goes through the abandoned village and then continues along the path overlooking the sea where the traditional procession of San Biagio takes place in May.
The route ends with a visit to the church of San Vito, the oldest in the historical centre.
Points of interest along the route:
- Church of Sant’Antonio
- Capuchin chapels
- Chapel of the Madonna delle Grazie
- Madonna degli Ulivi or Madonna della Neve
- Basilica of San Biagio
- Statue of Christ the Redeemer
- Cave of San Michele or of the Angel
- Church of Santa Caterina
- Chapel of Madonna di Fatima
- Church of San Vito
Length / Time: 4.7 km / 4-5 hours
How to travel: on foot
The pilgrimage is held every year in the first week of May; the believers accompany the statue in the town for the solemn celebrations and then they bring it back to the Basilica.