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5 night stay in Southern Italy's Tyrrhenian Pearl

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£299/per adult

Overview

Sitting at the lowest part of the boot of Italy, you’ll find the town of Maratea. Consisting of a rugged coastline interspersed with glimmering white-gold beaches, it's clear that this “comune” has rightfully earned its title as “the Pearl of the Tyrrhenian”. 

Nestled in Basilicata in the province of Potenza, Maratea is the perfect getaway for those who are keen to stray from the beaten touristy track and witness “real” Italy, authentic and free from overpriced restaurants and bustling back alleys.The area featured in part of Mel Gibson’s “The Passion of the Christ” and visitors, blown away by its picturesque landscape and glittering port, have christened it the “Cannes of Italy.”

What can you expect from a holiday to this Tyrrhenian gem?An overwhelming variety of landscapes, from wooded hillsides to gorgeous mountain terrain, means that there's ample opportunity for hiking, trekking and horse-riding. And if you're not the sporty type, a 32 km sun-drenched coastline consisting of more than 20 beaches offers plenty of scope for rest and relaxation.

Whether you're sun-bathing or exploring on horse-back, you're never too far from the gaze of Christ the Redeemer, Maratea's most iconic statue. Built of pure Carrara marble in 1965, the statue sits upon Monte San Biagio, the same hill which shares your beautiful 4* resort, the Grand Hotel Pianeta Maratea. Equipped with fitness facilities, a semi-Olympic pool and impressive spa, this one-of-a-kind resort caters to everyone’s tastes in the form of a handful of bespoke restaurants and bars where sophisticated cocktails and live entertainment make for fun-filled evenings beneath the stars. 

When you're not lounging by the hotel pool or working up a sweat in the Finnish sauna, you might decide to seek out some of the region’s superb architecture. One place you don’t want to skip is the city of Matera, the location of Mel Gibson’s “The Passion of the Christ.” The traditional architecture of this region, the “Sassi di Matera,” has been dubbed “one of the most unique landscapes in Europe” and is a firm feature on UNESCO’s heritage list. 

You’ll also find that the little lanes of Maratea are abundant with hidden gems. Explore every nook and cranny and you’ll be sure to stumble upon a piece of time-worn architecture or quirky boutique you hadn’t expected to find. Rest your feet at a café “all’aperto”in the Piazza Buraglia and refuel with a well-deserved espresso whilst watching locals go about their day.

Should you tire of the charm of the town centre, Maratea's 6 coastal villages (including Acquafredda, Cersuta and Porto) and 3 inland villages (Santa Caterina, Massa andBrefaro) are also worth a visit. Brefaro’s excellent wine and Massa’s mouth-watering local cuisine mean the fresh scent of fluffy pasta and tomato-laced bruschetta are a permanent fixture to the air you breathe. 

Spend a day or two getting to know these quaint, age-old villages at your own pace, sampling Brefaro's excellent wine selection or exploring the fragrant pine forests of Acquafredda. We are confident that whether you opt for a quiet, relaxing holiday or an active, energetic one, a visit to Maratea will surely not disappoint.

Whats Included

Beautiful accommodation in an idyllic setting!

  • Return flights from UK are taken care of by us
  • A wonderful 5 nights' stay at the 4 Star GRAND HOTEL PIANETA MARATEA  RESORT
  • Hassle free return transfers
  • Cosy accommodation in a Standard Terrace Room with breath-taking sea views
  • Full-board Basis so you'll never go hungry or thirsty
  • Welcome drink and special tasting with local products upon arrival

Highlights

Sea views and lush mountain landscapes will have you falling in love with Maratea!

  • Luxurious 4 Star accommodation with views of the ocean.
  • While away the hours on picturesque, postcard-worthy beaches.
  • Visit Christ the Redeemer, Maratea's iconic statue.
  • See Matera, the place where Mel Gibson’s “The Passion of the Christ” was filmed.
  • Marvel at the town's exquisite architecture, including its variety of churches and chapels.
  • Tour some of the region's idyllic villages, including Brefaro and Acquafredda.
  • Head out hiking or horse-riding through the gorgeous mountains.
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