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Taranto 40°28′N 17°14′E

When one thinks of Italy, traditional images come to mind. Churches that are hundreds of years old, engineering and architectural wonders from centuries past, rolling hills, mountains, the sea, and, of course, great food. Northern Italy sometimes brings thoughts of a more modern, industrial, bustling environment. The thought is that as you work your way down the peninsula life slows down a bit. However, that generalization takes a hit in the southern city of Taranto.

Based in the Puglia region in southern Italy, Taranto is a coastal city sitting right on the Ionian Sea coast. It is the capital of the Province of Taranto and because of where it is situated; it is an important commercial port. It also serves as the main Italian naval base. For these reasons and many others, Taranto makes an excellent boat shipping destination.

As mentioned initially, this is not your prototypical Italian town. It is the third largest continental city in southern Italy with a population of a little over 200,000. Taranto is largely a modern, industrial city. Steel and iron foundries, oil refineries, chemical works, shipyards for building warships and food processing factories are an integral part of the economy and landscape of this port city.

Taranto is divided into the “old city” and “new city”. Even though the old city has hit a few bumps in the road economically, it has begun to climb out with restorations of many of the old buildings.

The new city, with its wide promenades and exclusive shops still bustles with many visitors. As a matter of fact, for the best views in the area, walk along the waterfront promenade, named after King Vittorio Emanuele III. It offers fantastic views of the commercial harbor and natural port.

Throughout the country there is not a want for great tasting food. And because of its location and its fishing center, Taranto provides some of the country’s best seafood.

The city sits in a unique position on this coast. The islets of S. Pietro and S. Paolo act as protection for the bay, called Mar Grande (Big Sea). This is where the commercial port is located. The other bay, called Mar Piccolo (Little Sea) is the locale of the old city and is where fishing is king. Mar Piccolo is also the military port. At the end of the 19th century military ships were able to enter Mar Piccolo harbor, thanks to a newly excavated channel. Because of the existence of the two bays, Taranto has been called the “city of the two seas”.

If you are considering Taranto as your next vacation destination, DYT Yacht Transport offers convenient, hassle-free boat shipping services to this wonderful area. Contact us for more information.

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General Information Italy

Area: 209.64 km2 (80.9 sq mi)
Area: 209.64 km2 (80.9 sq mi).
Population: 191,810 (31 December 2010).
Population density: 914.9/km2 (2,369.7/sq mi).
Capital: Rome.
Population capital: 2,655,970 (2001).
Language: Italian is the official language.
Dialects are spoken in different regions.
German and Ladin are spoken in the South Tyrol region (bordering Austria).
French is spoken in all the border areas from the Riviera to the area north of Milan (border with France and Switzerland).
German is spoken around the Austrian border.
English, German and French are also spoken in the biggest cities and in tourism and business circles.
Religion: Roman Catholic with Protestant minorities.
Time: GMT + 1 (GMT + 2 from last Sunday in March to Saturday before last Sunday in September).
Electricity: 220 volts AC, 50Hz.
Currency: Euro (€) = 100 .
Country Code: + 39 ~
IDD Access Code: 00 ~


In Taranto, Puglia, Italy the average temperature is 17.25C (63.05F). 6.00C (42.80F) is the lowest monthly average low temperature (occurring in January & February) while 30.00C (86.00F) is the highest monthly average high temperature which occurs in July & August. The average temperature range is therefore 17.00C (62.60F). Wet weather in Taranto, Puglia accumulates so that there is a total average rainfall of 451.00mm (17.76in) per annum. Divided over the year this gives an average monthly rainfall of 37.58mm (1.48in). November is the month with most precipitation when 71mm (2.80in) of rain falls over a period of 7 days while in August only 15mm (0.59in) of rain falls over 2 days. Taranto, Puglia’s weather is effected by 59 days per year with greater than 0.1mm (0.004in) of rainfall. Relative humidity at Taranto, Puglia averages 68% over the year. 56% is the lowest average monthly relative humidity which occurs in July and 76% is the highest average monthly relative humidity which occurs in November. Taranto, Puglia’s weather is effected by 2595 hours of sunshine per year which is an average of 7.11 hours per day. The range of sunlight hours is from an average of 3.5 per day in December to 11.0 per day in July. You can get more info about the climate in Taranto, Puglia by visiting the world climate graphs site. Free Taranto, Puglia climate graphs are available for you to add to your webpages.



Wharf calata 1- Port of Taranto
Tel. + 39 099 471 2115 Tel. + 39 099 470 6846
Fax + 39 099 460 0413


The nearest major airport to Taranto, Italy is Brindisi Airport (BDS / LIBR). This airport is in Brindisi, Italy and is about 64 km from the center of Taranto, Italy.

64 km: Brindisi Airport – Brindisi, Italy (BDS / LIBR)
83 km: Bari Airport – Bari, Italy (BRI / LIBD)
194 km: Lamezia Terme Airport – Lamezia Terme, Italy (SUF / LICA)
235 km: Tirana International Airport Nënë Tereza – Tirana, Albania (TIA / LATI)

64 km: Brindisi Airport – Brindisi, Italy (BDS / LIBR)
83 km: Bari Airport – Bari, Italy (BRI / LIBD)
165 km: Crotone Airport – Crotone, Italy (CRV / LIBC)
179 km: Foggia Gino Lisa Airport – Foggia, Italy (FOG / LIBF)
194 km: Lamezia Terme Airport – Lamezia Terme, Italy (SUF / LICA)
197 km: Salerno Costa d’Amalfi Airport – Salerno, Italy (QSR / LIRI)

for further information, visit www,aeroportidipuglia.it

You can reach Taranto by Eurostar from Milan, Rome, Bologna, Rimini and Bari without changing trains.

Additional Information

Marco Caffio S.r.l.
Steamship and Forwarding Agents
C.so Vittorio Emanuele II, 3 – 74123 Taranto
P.I. – VAT N° IT02999000736
Phone: +39 099 471 6666
Fax: +39 099 471 6095
A.O.H. contact +39 347 9124770
E-mail: shipping@marcocaffio.it
Web: www.marcocaffio.it

Hotel Europa www.hoteleuropaonline.it
Hotel Akropolis www.hotelakropolis.it
Hotel Delfino www.grandhoteldelfino.it

Restaurant/Lounge Bar Al Gambero www.algambero.it
Restaurant Al Canale scesa Vasto; Tel. + 39 099 476 4201
Restaurant La Pignata Viale Magna Grecia; Tel. + 39 099 779 4467
Pub Exit Pub Via Cavallotti 12; Tel. + 39 392 913 4625
Pub Joyce Corso Ai due Mari

Nautica Mancini www.nauticamancini.com

Police 113
Fire Brigades 115
Ambulance 118
TAXI. Taxi Driver co. Tel. + 39 338 733 5072


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