Taranto is a city overlooking the Gulf bearing the same name. Stretched along the Ionian sea, it is named the city of ‘’two seas’’ as it is washed by the Mar Grande and the Mar Piccolo.
Because of its location, the city has always been considered strategically important from a commercial and military point of view, and its harbours has always been used as mooring by both military and merchant vessels.
An ideal route will take you through the old town, once the Greek acropolis connected to the mainland via two bridges, where you’ll come across the city’s landmarks; the remains of the Doric temple, the Pantaleo and Ayala Valvala noble palaces, the cathedral of Saint Cataldo, the church of San Domenico Maggiore and the Aragonese castle.
The Marta Museum (National Archeological Museum) accommodating gold pieces that testify to the prolific local goldsmith’s art between the 4th and the 2nd century B.C. is definitively worth the visit, while during Easter, the evocative procession of Thursday and good Friday is a must-attend event.
Palazzo Pantaleo - Taranto
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