Taranto is one of the most ancient cities of Italy, boasting a 3,000 years history and a variety of monuments to witness its glorious past.

Its privileged geographical position and pleasant landscape made Taranto the ideal place for Greek exiles  from Sparta to establish a flourishing city, with great temples and a prosperous economy. Taranto became the capital of Magna Grecia, the cultural and commercial center of a civilization envied by the Romans. Artifacts, statues and luxurious jewels from that era are displayed now in Taranto’s Archaeological Museum, one of the richest of its kind in Italy.

Just outside of the port area lies the Old Town, with its mazes of narrow streets and its hidden gems, such as the San Cataldo Cathedral with the crypt from 1st century B.C. and the Diocesan Museum with its collection of religious paintings and holy relics. The 15th century Aragonese Castle crowns the Old Town overlooking the sea and can be visited at all times of the day, while the near Swing Bridge connects the Old Town with the New one. All of these attractions can be visited by passengers arriving at Taranto port on foot.

Taranto is also the natural cradle to many dolphins, which find the Taranto Gulf the best place give birth to their cubs. Near Taranto there is also the WWF oasis Palude la Vela which hosts both migratory and resident wild fauna, such as the beautiful grey heron.

The Port System Authority has planned major infrastructural interventions which are relevant to the tourism sector. In 2016 works have started to build the Multipurpose Service Center on the San Cataldo pier, which will offer services to both passengers and citizens. The Center, to be called Falanto Port Service Center, will be the first step in the requalification of the Taranto port waterfront, in order to encourage the strategic alliance of the port, the city and the environment.

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