Cristo Redentore di Maratea

Cristo Redentore di Maratea: a roller coaster road

Cristo Redentore di Maratea is a big statue of Jesus Christ located in Maratea, a town of Basilicata, in the province of Potenza, in southern Italy, at an elevation of 592m (1,942ft) above the sea level. The road winds up the side of the mountain with bend after blind bend.

The road to the top of the Monte S. Biágio is paved. It’s pretty steep climbing up to Cristo Redentore di Maratea, a statue realized in Carrara's marble in 1965 by Bruno Innocent. Well worth a visit for the statue and the amazing views...and the roller coaster road up. It's not an exaggeration. Is actually a road like a rollercoaster! An experience in itself! 
Starting from Maratea the road is 6.7 km. Over this distance the elevation gain is 376m. The average percentage is 5,61%. The road includes 18 hairpin turns. Go only when the weather is great. Otherwise, you won't see anything.

The road encompasses miles of stunning views through twisty hair pin corners, high elevations and steep grades. The drive to and from the site can be a little intimidating if you are not use to hairpin curves. Worth the drive. The drive up there is quite winding and the last few hundred metres of the road are on concrete columns which are quite scary especially being in a huge bus.

 

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