Taranto was an important Greek colony and became the most important city in the Magna Graecia. The National Archeologic Museum is the only place left to discover the art and history of Greek Taranto and, more generally, of Apulia in the Classical Age. The museum displays quite extraordinary finds (clay objects, ceramics, mosaics, gold jewellery).
In the pictoresque old city of Taranto we can admire the remains of the Doric Temple (or Poseidon Temple; the oldest temple of the Magna Graecia), the interesting cathedral (a mix of Romanesque and baroque style) of San Cataldo (the Irish bishop became the patron Saint of the city), the gothic church of San Domenico, some palace in the narrow streets, the fishing port. It's also worth to visit the Aragonese Castle near the swing bridge. During the holy week there is one of the most famous and suggestive "penitens" procession in Italy.
On the stretch Taranto-Brindisi of the Appian Way (the old roman way) is located Grottaglie: the city of ceramics workshops.
With an half day tour we can only do a quick guided visit of the city (you can choose 2 of the following visits: archeological museum, aragonese castle, old town) while, thanks to a full day one, it's possible to enjoy the whole city.
We can include Taranto in a tour together with a Grottaglie (and its ceramics district with several pottery craftsman with traditional, artistic and design style ceramics, the castle with the ceramics' museum), Oria, Manduria, Alberobello, Martina Franca, Ostuni, Matera or the other Apulian city of rupestrian culture (Massafra, Mottola, Laterza), Castellaneta (the birthplace of Rodolfo Valentino), the natural area of Monk's salt marsh (with pink flamingos) and the wonderfull beaches on the Ionian sea, a wine tasting, a boat trip with dolphins watching, a fishing excursion.
Meeting Location + Tour Duration
Meeting location: wherever you like
End location: wherever you like
Duration: 4 hours
to visit the city center of Taranto you don't need need a car. It will be a walking tour. In case you would like to visit Grottaglie or some other place outside the city center of Taranto, I can arrange for you a transfer for your (by car, van, minibus, bus, wheelchair accessible vehicle, bike, Electric pedal assisted cycle, segway, scooter, vintage car or vespa, etc.).
half day (morning or afternoon, up to 4 hours) private (I'll be entirely dedicated to you thus you won't share the tour with other travellers) guided visit in English language. I'm a licensed tour guide, wine and olive oil sommelier.
Estimated Local Cash Needed
10 Eur - a few eur for the ticket entrance to the archeologic museum and a coffee / snack.
- meals and personal extras
- extra hour: 30 eur for each extra hour (if any) exceding 4 hours
- entrance ticket at the national archeologic museum: 8 eur (free of charge for under 18 years old)
- transportation is no needed (it's a walking tour).
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Alessandro guides his group with scholarship, humor, and sensitivity to the interest of each person in the group. A delightful person and tour leader. In addition to his tour duties, he help us find superb food, missing luggage, and wine. Delightful experience!