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city of the two seas

"City of the two seas": as Taranto is named for its position that divides the open sea in two (Mar Grande and Mar Piccolo).
The canal that unites them is surmounted by the famous swing bridge, beyond which lies the heart of the old Taranto, a medieval village with the Cathedral of San Cataldo, the Aragonese Castle and so many other memories tell its ancient origins.

The 'city of the two seas' is also a 'city with two faces' because, beyond the bridge, progress and modernity have designed the new Taranto, a town grown up around the nineteenth-century village overlooking the banks of the waterway. Here there is the National Archaeological Museum, famous for the richness and rarity of the finds that it exposes.

Along the coast there are many lovely places to enjoy a holiday of relaxation and fun, diving in the clear waters of the Ionian Sea or sunbathing lying on the fine white sand of the long coastlines.
The sea, however, is not the only attraction of this land. The province of Taranto is characterized by an extraordinary nature, sometimes green and lush with large vineyards and olive groves, sometimes rocky and rough with ravines and caves.

In the province of Taranto is also Martina Franca, lovely town overlooking the Itria Valley, where the baroque architecture of the old town is surrounded by the lush greenery of nature, broken by the whiteness of the trulli and ancient farms.