Acropolis ~ Taranto Capitale di Mare

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This itinerary lets you discover the archaeological evidence of the various eras (from Prehistory to the Middle Ages) hidden by the urban fabric of the Old City of Taranto.


Basilica Cathedral of St. Cataldo

Piazza Duomo, 74123 Taranto TA

Taranto’s Basilica Cathedral, dated to the 10th century. A.D. is the oldest in Puglia. The Cappellone, dedicated to the Patron Saint, preserves statues by Giuseppe Sammartino and is decorated with frescoes by Paolo De Matteis.

Convent of St. Domenico

Via Duomo, 33, 74123 Taranto TA

The Convent of San Domenico, built in the Middle Ages, has been heavily remodeled over the centuries. Today, seat of the Superintendency, it preserves important archaeological traces from the Greek and medieval times.

Funerary hypogeum

Via Cava, 99, 74123 Taranto TA

Hypogeum environment with potential funerary function, reused in later times.

Hypogeum – Medieval kiln

Via Cava, 99, 74123 Taranto TA

Ancient medieval kiln used for the production of ceramics (XIII – XIV century A.D.).

Hypogeum – Oil mill

Via Cava, 99, 74123 Taranto TA

Ancient hypogeum, probably dated back to the Norman era (XI century B.C.).

Piazza Castello

Piazza Castello, 74123 Taranto TA

One for the two major squares of the old city of Taranto.

Piazza Fontana

Piazza Fontana, 74123 Taranto TA

Beating heart of the old village since the Middle Ages, Piazza Fontana takes its name from the large fountain that still today dominates the urban space. This fountain, commissioned by Charles V, was replaced in 1861 and then remodeled in 1992.

Ruins of the Greek Temple

Via Duomo, 33, 74123 Taranto TA

Ruins of the walls that belonged to a temple of the Greek age (6th century A.D.).

The Aragonese Castle

Piazza Castello, 74123 Taranto TA

Built on the remains of the previous Byzantine fortress, the Aragonese Castle of Taranto was inaugurated in 1492.

The Aragonese walls

Piazza Castello, 74123 Taranto TA

Remains of the military fortifications of the Aragonese era, built to defend the city.

The MArTa Museum

Via Cavour, 10, 74123 Taranto TA

MarTa, the National Archaeological Museum of Taranto, is one of the most important archaeological museums in the world. Established In 1887, it occupies part of the eighteenth-century convent of the Alcantarini.

The small Funerary Basilica

Largo Gennarini, 74123 Taranto TA

Ruins of a small Byzantine Funerary Basilica.

The two Columns of the Doric temple

Piazza Castello, 74123 Taranto TA

Columns of a Greek temple, probably dedicated to a goddess (VI century B.C.).

Via Cava

Via Cava, 74123 Taranto TA

Ancient road on which some underground rooms from various eras overlook.

Via Duomo

Via Duomo, 74123 Taranto TA

Ancient road

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