Time takes its time in the “City of 44 Churches”. Also at the Taverna Rovita we can relish the details and let our eyes wander dreamily across the eighteenth-century tiles of the fireplace and the original beams on the ceiling. Initially a friary and then a taverna, it is a haven of excellence where one can discover the delights of Lucanian cuisine in one of the most picturesque alleyways in Maratea. Everything here – the seven tables, the ceramics by master craftsmen on show in the room – invites us to take things slowly. The most memorable visit was by Guttuso, who devoted a painting to the Taverna Rovita. And then there is the proprietor, Mariastella Gambardella, who accompanies us on a journey through the finest dishes of local cuisine.