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Places of interest and what to see

 

  • La Vela – Marsh is 8 km away from Taranto and is over 7 hectares a World Wildlife Fund (WWF) nature site since 1993; it is the home for many species of permanent birds, breeding birds, migratory and wintering birds.  There are also almond trees, graceful butterflies, and beautiful wildflowers. http://utenti.lycos.it/naturawwf/
  • The Marine Biology Museum - via Roma 3, 099-4542111, Taranto.
  • Duomo di S. Cataldo -  Cathedral of San Cataldo is the oldest Romanesque church in the Apulia Region and has different periods of architecture.  It also contains the bones of San Cataldo, bishop of Rachan, Ireland.
  • Castello Aragonese – Aragon Castle one of 23 castles that you can visit in the Puglia Province.
  • Chiesa di San Domenico Maggiore - Built on Neolithic ruins the architecture is Roman with Goth origins.
  • Museo Archeologico nazionale – Founded in 1887 the museum contains an interesting section from Palaeolithic, Neolithic, and the Bronze Age.  There is also a vast selection of Roman statues and Roman-Greco potteries.
  • Chiesa di San Pasquale (1757) – The Chiesa has undergone many extensive renovations
  • Palazzo degli Uffici (1894) – started in 1787 by Ferdinando IV
  • Chiesa-Convento di San Francesco di Paola - Renaissance Period
  • Villa Peripato - Public garden with many varieties of trees and plants.  Nice view of the Mar Piccolo.
  • Convento di Sant’Antonio – Built from 1444-1448.
  • Istituto Sperimentale Talassografico – Institute of Oceanography was built in 1914 the Institute researches marine biology, ecology, and chemistry as well as oceanography and microbial ecology.
  • Lungomare Vittorio Emanuele III – Modern architecture
  • Palazzo del Governo, designed by Armando Brasini and inaugurated in 1934,
  • Palazz delle Poste (1935) – on the avenue of palms near the Lungomare Vittorio Emmanuele III and the post office is another example of modern architecture.  
  • della Banca d’Italia (1942) – Modern architecture
  • Concattedrale Grande Madre di Dio (1971) neogothic style
  • Abbazia di Santa Maria della Giustizia (XII century) – Saint Maria of Justice (12th Century C.E.) restored medieval abbey.
  • Theatres, cinemas, and sports stadiums