Perched high above the sea on Italy's southern Tyrrhenian coast, sits the picturesque town of Maratea, otherwise known as ‘the Pearl of the Tyrrhenian.’ From its hilltop position, you can glimpse the sea and craggy mountains from the steep slopes, all the way down to the lovely port and modern harbour, where it’s possible to take boat tours and diving courses. And why not? The coastline really is quite beautiful with grand cliffs, lush vegetation, and outlets such as Acquafredda surrounded by pine forests. Then there’s the beautiful beaches with crystal-clear waters and sandy beaches The central part of Maratea is actually quite small, but you can enjoy a delicious meal on a restaurant terrace at Piazza Buraglia or Piazza Vitolo, and in May there’s a host of events including jazz concerts and food tastings for the celebration of (Saint) San Biagio. Maratea has 44 churches and chapels, and an impressive giant statue of Christ atop a hill.