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INTRODUCING TARANTO

Taranto is a town of fascinating contrasts. Step from the world of the ancient Greeks and Romans to the evocative medieval town centre, or unwind in a chic café in the contemporary new town. Then stroll along the seafront promenade in search of delicious regional cuisine, before seeking out the luxurious surroundings of your exclusive country retreat. 

A buzzing port town with an ancient past, on the sun drenched coast of Puglia. 

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HISTORY

Taranto was once Taras, an important city founded thousands of years ago as the Greeks set down roots in Italy, before becoming the Roman town of Tarentum. The wonderful National Archaeological Museum houses many treasures and relics from this lost era, including terracotta figures, ornate jewellery and delicate glassware from the 1st century BC.

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Taranto is in Puglia, known as the breadbasket of Italy, with a sun soaked local cuisine of pasta, abundant fruit and vegetables and fine wines and olive oil. Dine on regional specialities such as handmade orecchiette pasta with rich tomatoes and sweet peppers. Seek out a coastal restaurant to sample fresh fish and shellfish. Or pack a picnic of light, airy breads, local sheep cheese and succulent olives and head to the beach.

DAY TRIPS

Your luxury hotel in Taranto makes the perfect base for exploring more of Puglia. You could visit the magnificent Castel del Monte, a medieval fortress with an ambitious octagonal design that continues to puzzle historians. Or you could spend the day at one of the region’s many idyllic sandy beaches, including nearby San Caterina di Nardo. 

While in Taranto, walk up to the remaining columns of the Temple of Poseidon or the impressive Castello Aragonnese fortress for sweeping views along the coast.

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