The old town of Maratea is built into the mountainside, and while on the map the train station looks like a very short walk from the town, it would be a hellish climb to attempt with backpacks, let alone a suitcase. As our driver negotiated the series of hairpin bends, I was content that we had chosen to go without a car for this leg of our trip; we would explore Maratea slowly and on foot.
The main attraction of the town is actually high above the rooftops, and requires another climb to reach it. The 21-metre Cristo Redentore (Christ the Redeemer) statue, built in the 1960s as an attempt to entice visitors to the region, towers over Maratea on Monte San Biagio, and it was the obvious destination for our first day of walking. The trail to the top is good, and mostly uses a wide track, with only a small section where you have to walk on the quiet road. It took us around an hour to walk to the summit (a fair bit less to come down again). At the top is a small cafe, the unassuming church of San Biagio, and of course the 21-metre Jesus.