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The tour of Maratea starts from the highest part of the city: Mount San Biagio. Here you can admire in all its beauty the statue of Christ the Redeemer, the symbol not only of the city of Maratea but of the whole region of Basilicata. The second largest statue in the world as a dimension after Christ of Rio de Janeiro, the statue of Maratea is 21 meters tall, with a 19-meter arm opening and a face measuring 3 meters. The statue was made of reinforced concrete covered with a mixture of white cement and Carrara marble and created by the artist Bruno Innocenti in 1965. After admiring the Christ, the visit continues in the nearby Basilica of San Biagio, patron saint of the town. The tour continues in the medieval village, with ancient houses with arches close to each other and divided only by narrow lanes and characteristic lanes that fociano in small squares paved in local stone.
The tour of Melfi, with a licensed guide, starts from the castle, certainly one of the most important Italian medieval castles. The castle is surrounded by ten towers, of which seven have a rectangular plan and three with a pentagonal plan. The visit starts from the sarcophagus of Rapolla marble from the 2nd century. A.C., a tomb so called because found in the surroundings of the small town that is 7 km from Melfi, with relief decoration, referable to the workshops of Asia. The tour continues in the national archaeological museum "Massimo Pallottino". You will see funerary objects of VII-III century. a.C., daunie ceramics with geometric decoration, bronze armors, precious ornaments in silver, gold and amber, and bronze vases of both Greek and Etruscan production. The tour continues with the visit of the village and the Cathedral of the eleventh century dedicated to Santa Maria Assunta. Inside you will visit the Baroque wooden furniture collection, the bishop's chair and the pulpit
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