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Taranto

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Castles · History Museums · Bridges
Città dai due mari (City with Two Seas)
Taranto is a coastal city in Apulia, Southern Italy. It is the capital of the Province of Taranto and is an important commercial port as well as the main Italian naval base.It is the third-largest continental city of Southern Italy: according to 2011 population census, it has a population of 200,154.Taranto is an important commercial and military port. It has well-developed steel and iron foundries, oil refineries, chemical works, some shipyards for building warships, and food-processing factories.In ancient times around 500 BC the city was one of the largest in the world with population estimates up to 300,000 people.OverviewTaranto's pre-history dates back to 706 BC when it was founded as a Greek colony, established by the Spartans. The ancient city was situated on a peninsula; the modern city has been built over the ancient Greek city of which only a few ruins remain, including part of the city wall, two temple columns dating to the 6th century BC, and tombs.The islets of S. Pietro and S. Paolo (St. Peter and St. Paul), collectively known as Cheradi Islands, protect the bay, called Mar Grande (Big Sea), where the commercial port is located. Another bay, called Mar Piccolo (Little Sea), is formed by the peninsula of the old city, and has flourishing fishing. Mar Piccolo is a military port with strategic importance.
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Castle
Castello Aragonese
4.8
Duration: 1h 30 min
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Wildlife Area
Jonian Dolphin Conservation
4.8
Duration: 4 hours
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History Museum
Museo Nazionale Archeologico
4.6
Duration: 1h 30 min
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Bridge
Ponte Girevole
4.5
Duration: 1h 30 min

Side trips from Taranto

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Historic Walking Area
Sassi di Matera Matera
4.8
Duration: 2h 30 min
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Religious Site
Basilica San Nicola Bari
4.7
Duration: 4 hours
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World heritage site
I Trulli di Alberobello - World Heritage Site Alberobello
4.6
Duration: 2h 30 min
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Historic Walking Area
Centro Storico Otranto Otranto
4.8
Duration: 4 hours

Hidden gems in Taranto

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Church
Taranto Catherdral - Duomo of San Cataldo
4.7
Duration: 1h 30 min
Landmark
Chiesa di Santa Maria della Scala
5.0
Duration: 1h 30 min
Church
Monastery of St. Mary of Justice
5.0
Duration: 1h 30 min
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History Museum
Spartan Museum of Taranto - Hypogeum Bellacicco
4.3
Duration: 1h 30 min

Museums in Taranto

Specialty Museum
Mostra Storico-Artigiana dell’Arsenale Militare Marittimo
5.0
Duration: 30 minutes
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Specialty Museum
Osservatorio Metereologico E Geofisico
4.8
Duration: 1h 30 min
Natural History Museum
Museo di Storia Naturale "Bios Taras"
4.8
Duration: 1h 30 min
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Specialty Museum
MuDi - Museo Diocesano di Arte Sacra
4.7
Duration: 1h 30 min

Historic Sites in Taranto

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Church
Chiesetta di San Francesco da Paola al Borgo
5.0
Duration: 30 minutes
Historic Walking Area
Piazza della Vittoria
4.7
Duration: 1h 30 min
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Church
San Domenico Maggiore Church
4.4
Duration: 1h 30 min
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Ruin
Ipogeo di Via Cava
4.4
Duration: 1h 30 min

Outdoors in Taranto

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Outdoor Activity
Stadio Erasmo Iacovone
4.5
Duration: 2h 30 min
Outdoor Activity
Oasi WWF della Palude La Vela
4.5
Duration: 1h 30 min
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Outdoor Activity
Mare Piccolo
4.2
Duration: 1h 30 min
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Outdoor Activity
La Spiaggetta Club
4.1
Duration: 1h 30 min

Places to visit with Taranto

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