Magna Grecia, fascinating history and unspoilt nature

Magna Grecia

This was once the epicentre of the Magna Grecia of Antiquity, and there are so many remains of this important past. Priceless artefacts from this great civilisation are conserved with care in Taranto’s National Archaeological Museum, while natural caves in the walls of the area’s ravines house the remains of a hard-working people of cave-dwellers who prospered here in prehistoric times. Local culture has handed down the traditional crafts of pottery and wine-making, so that the landscape is full of tiny alberello vineyards, the origins of a full-bodied, strong and very territorial wine – Primitivo.

Don’t miss:

  • the Fonte Pliniano (Pliny’s Fountain) and the Messapian Walls Archaeological Park in Manduria
  • guided tour of the Salina dei Monaci Nature Reserve
  • the National Archaeological Museum in Taranto
  • boat trips to San Pietro and San Paolo, islands on the Ionian coast
  • Grottaglie’s pottery quarter

What to try:

  • cookery classes in a masseria
  • visit the Primitivo Wine Museum
  • trip to the Mar Piccolo (Taranto) to see the Taranto black mussel beds
  • eat at one of the typical Crispiano meat grills
  • wines and olive oils in the territory’s wineries and olive oil presses

 



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