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City Stats:

Population: 191,810
Number of Hotels on This Site: 18
Size: 80.9 square miles
More Info At: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Taranto

Key Tourist Sights:

The town centre in Taranto is filled with a number of palazzi which date back to the 18th century. They were the homes of the aristocratic families of the town, and some of the best include Palazzo Galeota and Palazzo Carducci Artenisio, so make sure you visit a few of these.

The Aragonese Castle dates back to the 15th century and was built as protection from Turkish raids, and it is certainly worth a visit when you stay in Taranto.

The Old Town is one of the best areas to explore. Here you will find a number of sights of interest, including the Church of San Domenico and the Piazza Fontana. It is very beautiful with its many arches and quaint streets, and is an excellent place to go for a peaceful stroll.

There are also some ancient Greek ruins to be found in Taranto which should not be missed, including Doric Temple which you can find in Piazza Castello.

The swing bridge, called Ponte Girevole, is one of the most well-known attractions of the town. It is nearly 90 metres and opens up to allow ships through.

Best Known For:

Taranto is famous for the Battle of Taranto which occurred in World War II. This occurred when the British attacked the Regia Marina naval base in 1940.

Taranto is where the name 'Tarantula' originates. There are none of these spiders actually living in the area, but in ancient times when the Wolf Spider bit people they would do a dance to sweat out the venom which was known as the 'Tarantella'.

Taranto is also famous for being one of the best places in Italy for its seafood. When you visit make sure you try as much as you can in the excellent restaurants of the town.

   

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