Maratea, Italy

Santavenere is located in the Fiumicello Santa Venere region of Maratea, a hidden gem on the Tyrrhenian coast in the Basilicata region of Italy. Known for its pristine beaches, stunning sea caves, and lush forests, Maratea has been called the ‘pearl of the Tyrrhenian Sea and a destination truly worthy of exploration.

Santavenere is nestled on a natural terrace, offering breathtaking panoramic views of the mesmerizing Mediterranean Sea between the picturesque Porto di Maratea fishing village and the hill town of Maratea, offering 34 rooms in a restored chateau-style Italian house. Experience rustic charm combined with the warmth of a family home with three exceptional restaurants and a serene spa.

The story

In the early 1950’s, Count Stefano Rivetti of Piedmonte discovered the fascinating beauty and untapped potential of Fiumicello, a stunning coastline in Maratea. It was here that the Count’s visionary tourism project took root. In 1953, he built the Santavenere as a private home on the forested hills overlooking the Mediterranean Sea and hosted many of the most famous celebrities of the time including Sophia Loren and the Prince and Princess Alberto. Years later Santavenere transitioned to a hotel but kept the same innate warm hospitality of staying in a private home offering a quiet and serene escape for guests.

Your stay

Every detail exudes a timeless elegance from the exquisite oil paintings decorating the hallways to the inviting piano waiting to be played in the lounge. The 34 rooms are thoughtfully decorated with Italian touches, making it a peaceful sanctuary with a cozy ambiance and elegant furniture in soothing shades of cream and beige. Open the windows to let in the fresh sea breeze while taking in stunning views of the private beach or lush gardens surrounding the hotel.

How to spend your time

Santavenere provides a harmonious blend of serene and adventurous experiences, inviting guests to unwind at the hotel’s spa and private beach and pool, hike through lush forests, or take a boat tour around the coastline to see hidden caves. Visit the charming old town and its medieval churches, ending the day with dinner by Maratea harbor for the catch of the day.

Fall in love with

Experience the warmth of a cozy Italian home away from home at Santavenere with the perfect blend of luxury and simplicity with local traditions passed down for generations. The attentive staff will make you feel like part of the family, ensuring that every aspect of your stay is comfortable and enjoyable.

Expect the unexpected

Nestled on the edge of the Mediterranean sea, Santavenere’s panoramic views will take your breath away. Maratea’s mountains and sea offer natural landscapes that fascinate guests with lush greenery, dramatic cliffs, and serene coastal beauty. Whether seeking a peaceful escape to disconnect or craving adventurous experiences, Santavenere provides the perfect setting, away from bustling crowds.

The best time to visit

From May to October with September being our favorite month – the perfect weather and warm sea temperatures make it truly exceptional.

More to experience with Querido

From coast to coast, continue your Italian tour to Puglia with a stay at Borgo Egnazia and Masseria San Domenico.

How to get there

Bari (BRI) airport is approximately 3 hours; Naples (NAP) airport is approximately 2 hours and 30 minutes.