Parco Archeologico


Not to be confused with the Tavole Palatine, the Parco Archeologico is a larger, if less immediately impressive collection of Metaponto ruins that contains the remains of a Greek theatre and the Doric Tempio di Apollo Licio. The classical coastal Greek colony that once flourished here can be readily imagined, walking through the quiet fields and shin-high remains. It's especially interesting to see where the artefacts displayed in the Museo Archeologico Nazionale, 2km west, came from.

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1. Museo Archeologico Nazionale

1.52 MILES

This small but important museum is a real throwback to the days when precious artefacts of the past sat soberly behind glass, accompanied only by simple…

2. Tavole Palatine

2.94 MILES

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3. Cathedral

21.87 MILES

The 11th-century cathedral is one of Puglia's oldest Romanesque buildings and an extravagant treat. It's dedicated to San Cataldo, an Irish monk who lived…

4. Temple of Poseidon

22.05 MILES

This 6th-century BC Doric temple is one of the few visible remains of the once-great Greek colony of Taras. The last two surviving columns and the…

5. Castello Aragonese

22.06 MILES

Guarding the swing bridge that joins the old and new parts of town, this impressive 15th-century structure, built on Norman and Byzantine predecessors,…

6. Cripta del Peccato Originale

22.29 MILES

A fascinating Benedictine site dating to the Lombard period, the Cripta del Peccato Originale (Crypt of Original Sin) houses well-preserved 8th-century…

7. Palazzo del Governo

22.32 MILES

The gigantic rust-red 1930s Palazzo del Governo, inaugurated by Mussolini, is a forbidding and masculine structure, expressive of the fascist ideas of…