Maratea - Italy
Trip Start Oct 30, 2007
171Trip End Nov 20, 2009
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shorter than they should be, as all out text got stolen, together with
our laptop, all our valuables, and almost our whole campervan, when it
was broken into and trashed in Rome at the end of October. Have a look
at that entry if you want to have a look at the damage the bastards
did. The next month or so´s text is written 6 months later, so we may
have forgotten some bits!)
We decided, given we had more confidence in our brakes now, that we would climb up high into the mountains through the National Park to the hilltop village of CastelMezzano
A steep descent took us to the coast. Here there is what is best described as a far less touristy, impossibly picturesque southern Italy version of the Amalfi coast, and definitely another highlight. We wound into the town of Maratea, swam in the sea in the little bay there (in October, not bad going - great idea for us to head south for autumn) and then climbed a steep switchbacked road to the top of the mountain where there is a massive statue of Jesus, highly reminiscent of the statue on the top of Sugarloaf Mountain in Rio De Janeiro. What a place to see an awesome sunset. We wound back down in the dying light, and went to the little port with some very swish looking boats (a fair few steps up from the fishing port it was once upon a time), cracked open a bottle of red next to the high rockers and rollers and parked up for the night with the floodlit statue of Jesus ´floating´on the mountain above us. Oh, yes, and we tried a spot of fishing, but it ended up as an excuse for bottle number two really! Oh well!