“We must make a statue like this one in Maratea, on Mount San Biagio.”

Stefano Rivetti di Val Cervo

This is how the idea of making the statue of Christ the Redeemer in Maratea dawned upon Count Stefano Rivetti di Val Cervo, during a journey in Brazil, while he was flying over the Corcovado. Pragmatism was one of the Count’s qualities. When he came back to Florence, where he lived with his family, he asked Bruno Innocenti, professor of sculpture at the Istituto d’Arte of Florence, to make the statue that now dominates the Bay of Maratea and has become its identifying landmark and symbol.