Taranto ancient capital of Magna Graecia
Known as "the City of the Two Seas" due to its particular location by the Ionian Sea between Mare Piccolo (Small Sea) and Mare Grande (Large Sea) ,Taranto boasts a strategic position which made it protagonist of important historical events. The most precious historical evidence is preserved by MARTA "Museo Archeologico Nazionale di Taranto" (National Archaeological Museum of Taranto) where you can’t miss the incredible Ori di Taranto (Golden Treasure of Taranto), a stunning collection of Hellenic-era gold artwork from the Ionic province .
THE ARAGONESE CASTLE
.The Aragonese Castle, also known as Castel Sant'Angelo, is the main fortification in Taranto dating back to the year 1,000. High and narrow walls were built close to the sea and later the building of a shipping channel provided access to small ships
SAN CATALDO CATHEDRAL
The Basilica Cathedral dedicated to San Cataldo that dominates piazza Duomo, is the gem of Taranto's old town. Of medieval origin, it was remodelled during the Baroque period and today holds the relics of the patron saint in a lateral chapel..
The festival in honour of San Cataldo, celebrated from 8th to 10 th May , is an evocative reenactment of the delivery of the city keys to the saint, ending with the characteristic Palioboat race among the city's neighbourhoods.
Considered one of biggest museums in Italy, the MUDI ( Diocesan Museum of Sacred Art) is situated in the restored ex Archbishop’s Seminary , in the heart of the Old Town, at walking distance from the Cathedral . The four- level museum exhibits more than 300 pieces about the religious and clerical history from VII to XX centuries. It boasts holy decorations, relics, sculptures and high-cultural value paintings like “ L’assunzione della Vergine” by Domenico Carella and the remarkable “ Ecce Homo” by Paolo De Matteis
Beneath Taranto ’s historic centre, connected with the sea , there is a large number of hypogea . These underground roomsserved a variety of purposes ; they used to be not only cellars and oilmills but also shelters for tools and grain and coal storerooms. The Old town is crossed by a lot of hypogea beneath all palaces, nunneries and churches.
JONIAN DOLPHIN CONSERVATION
Jonian Dolphin Conservation is a scientific organization conducting research on the cetaceans in the Gulf of Taranto, in the northern area of the Ionian Sea. It offers exciting tours on one of the catamerans of the Jonian Dolphin Conservation to admire incredible dolphins and the amazing gulf of Taranto . The excursions start from a pier at walking distance from Hotel Sant’Arcangelo
The Cheradis form an archipelago consisting of two isles owned by the Navy : St Peter and St Paul. The Isle of St. Peter , open to the public has a wide beach easily accessible by AMAT ferryboats leaving at a walking distance from the hotel.
Living the sea, discovering old traditions, learning new fishing methods, enjoying the pleausre of fishing or just watching professional fishermen engaged in one of the oldest human activities! All this is made possible by Recreational Fishing!
THE MUSEUM OF PRIMITIVE WINE CIVILISATION
The Museum of Primitive Wine Civilisation is located in “Cantina Produttori Vini” in Manduria, was born with the idea of enhancing the knowledge about agricultural work which was at the basis of the land economy. There is an exhibition of old machinery of the winemaker. Here tourists can taste different special kinds of Vino Primitivo Doc and buy some at affordable prices.