Day two in paradise, I again woke up to brilliant sunshine, and this amazing view of the Golfo di Policastro from my bedroom window (just stunning how the bougainvillea seems to frame this picture). We decided to skip the beach club today and take the boat out so that we could have lunch in neighboring Maratea, and of course a refreshing swim in whatever little cove we felt like dropping anchor.
On our way, we passed the statue of Christ the Reedemer in Maratea, built completely of Cararra marble, and known to seamen as the 'faceless Christ' because his face looks inland towards the basilica and not out to the sea.
|Maratea's Christ the Redeemer statue built by a Florentine sculptor|
Our first stop was at Lido Secca, where we all jumped off the boat and went for a swim in turquoise blue waters.
|Jumping off the boat into turquoise waters. Guess which (pale) one of us lives in London?!?!|
Next, we pulled anchor and drove to the port of Maratea, where we docked and got off for a lunch of fresh salads, bruschette, and piadine at Il Clubbino, right on the port.
|Port of Maratea|
|Looking out to the port of Maratea from Il Clubbino, our lunch spot|
|Yummy tomato and mozzarella bruschetta|
After lunch we hopped back on the boat and returned to La Secca to meet friends for an espresso and a gelato, in the shade overlooking the sea.
|The beautiful view from La Secca|
Once home and showered we walked to the little historical town
, where the Italian grandmothers sit outside in plastic chairs in front of their houses to chat. The close-knit locals of this town can spot a tourist from a mile away. square of San Nicola Arcella
|Town square of San Nicola Arcella|
|Walking up to Il Vicolo Vineria in the historical old town|
The most happening spot is a tiny wine bar called Il Vicolo Vineria, where you sit on cushions on steps sipping local wine and munching snacks or sweet cakes under the shadow of the church’s bell tower. If you ever visit San Nicola Arcella, you must absolutely come here for a pre or post dinner drink! It is worth browsing the photos on their website to get a real flavor of the quaintness of this bar.