Taranto is a port city in Southern Italy. Port of Taranto is important as handling commercial shipping, but also as Italy's main military port (naval base). The city has population around 200,000, ranking it Southern Italy's 3rd-largest.
The port serves shipping traffic related to the locally based steel foundries, oil refineries, chemical and food-processing plants, also warship building yards.
- Taranto is often called "The Spartan City" as it was ancient Sparta's only colony (founded in 706 BC). Circa 500 BC it was one of the world's largest ancient cities - with population around 300,000.
- The port faces Ionian Sea. The city covers a total area of approx 210.000 km2 (81 ml2). The landscape is characterised by 3 peninsulas and one artificial island. The isle was formed after digging a ditch during the Aragon Castle's construction.
- The city is served by a railway connecting it with Rome, Naples, Milan, Bologna, Bari, Reggio di Calabria, Brindisi.
- Ponte Girevole bridge (built 1887, length 90 m / 295 ft) stretches over the ship canal that joins "two seas" (Little Sea, and Big Sea). Ponte Girevole is a swing bridge (movable bridge).
- Among the city's most popular tourist attractions is the National Archeological Museum (MarTa) displaying Ancient Greek and Roman artifacts. The historical museum is open every day, with free access on each month's first Sunday.
- The ancient Matera city is located at about 1 hour drive from Taranto. Matera is one of the world's oldest human settlements (populated since 10,000 BC). In 1993, it was designated an UNESCO World Heritage Site.
For season 2017, the UK-based company Thomson (Marella Cruises) included Taranto in its Mediterranean cruise itinerary program. The port was visited 7 times (in the period May-October) by the ship Thomson Spirit as part of its “Taste of the Adriatic” themed 7-day itinerary roundtrip from Dubrovnik Croatia. The port's ever first cruise ship call was on May 15th. Cruise prices started from USD 770 pp (double occupancy).
|11 May||Departing from Dubrovnik, Croatia|
|13 May 08:00 - 18:00||Valletta, Malta|
|14 May 08:00 - 17:00||Messina, Taormina, Sicily, Italy|
|15 May 12:00 - 18:00||Taranto, Italy|
|16 May 09:00 - 17:00||Igoumenitsa, Greece|
|17 May 10:00 - 19:00||Kotor, Montenegro|
|18 May||Arriving in Dubrovnik, Croatia|
The Port Authority is investing in port development projects to upgrade the port's infrastructure and facilities dedicated to cruise ship traffic.
Taranto cruise terminal
Cruise ships in port Taranto dock at the multipurpose Falanto Port Service Center. here is the new passenger terminal (inaugurated in 2017) built on San Cataldo Pier. The cruise terminal has 2 buildings (3-storey facilities) and was build as part of an EUR 6,6 million project.
The modern terminal building as facilities has passenger handling areas, Port Authority offices, auditorium, conference room, public event area (exhibitions), tourist info desk, also restaurants and a bar.
Port Taranto cruise ship schedule shows timetable calendars of all arrival and departure dates by month. The port's schedule lists all ships (in links) with cruises going to or leaving from Taranto, Italy. To see the full itineraries (ports of call dates and arrival / departure times) and their lowest rates – just follow the corresponding ship-link.
|Day||Ship||Arrival||Departure||Next Port of Call|
|3 May, 2018|
|Marella Discovery 2||09:00||18:00||Corfu Island, Kerkyra, Greece|
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