Cristo Redentore di MarateaOctober 18 in Italy
Well what a road trip today. Brad’s GPS was determined to take us on the road less travelled and that certainly wasn’t the easiest at times. I can’t believe how narrow some of the so called dual lane roads are over here. It was certainly a bit daunting at times.
In saying that the changes in the landscape today have been quite dramatic from rolling hills of fields either recently harvested or ready to be plowed to mountains covered in trees and bush with a rainforest like feel. I am loving the southern end of Italy.
We finally arrived at our location in Maratea for the night and while it was a confronting drive the view when we got here the view was amazing. Maratea is approximately 32 km of rocky coastline with 20 beaches but we are staying further up from the coast. This is just an overnight stop to break up our drive towards Sicily. Maratea is also know as the town of churches as it has 44 of them!! Shock, surprise we actually aren’t visiting any of them today.
Our only tourist stop today is the Cristo Redentore di Maratea, the Statue of Christ the Redeemer, at the top of Mount San Biagio. After the drive we had I didn’t think anything could be worse but I was mistaken! Not only did we drive down narrow laneways through town we then had the treacherous windy drive up the mountain. I didn’t think I was scared of heights but I really had to reassess that belief this trip and today certainly challenged me. Not only was the road windy, the drop from the edge of the road was daunting and the guard rails minimal. Definitely an experience but not a drive I want to repeat.
The statue of Christ the Redeemer was erected in 1965 and is the tallest statue in Italy, the second tallest in the world. Created by Florentine sculptor, Bruno Innocenti, it is 21 metres tall and 19 metres wide. Made from reinforced concrete covered with a mixture of white cement and marble from Carrara, it makes a striking figure on the mountain top.
I had read there was a car park towards the top of the mountain and then a shuttle bus would take us the rest of the way, however there was no mention about it not operating in October. Thankfully (or unfortunately) we were unable to drive past the carpark due to it being a traffic limit zone and while I was disappointed we couldn’t get to the top the road to be travelled would have been the scariest by far. We made do with walking as far as we could and grabbing some photos from as close as possible. The view was breathtaking and I was shaking just getting close to the edge for photos.
I was relieved when we had made it back to town. Having decided we (Brad) were done with driving we stopped in town, after driving around a round about the wrong way and making an Italian laugh, grabbed a takeaway pizza and enjoyed an early dinner with some local wine sat in the lovely outdoor area of our B&B. Another interesting day on our Italian adventure.Read more