This tour’s a good introduction to Taranto’s best bits. You’ll kick things off with a short drive to the marina, where you’ll board a boat for a cruise past the old quarter. It sits on an island, which is connected to the mainland by a pair of bridges. The first sight you’ll spot is San Domenico Church. It was built on top of the ruins of a Greek temple in 1302. You’ll be able to recognise it thanks to its Notre-Dame-style, rose-shaped window. Next, you’ll pass by the 15th-century Aragonese Castle. The fort was originally used to protect the surrounding ports, and it’s now controlled by the Italian Navy. From here, you’ll sail into the Mar Piccolo and the Mar Grande – a pair of smaller seas in the Gulf of Taranto. Keep your camera handy, because these bays are home to the city’s mussel farms. They used to be the biggest in the world, and the mussels are grown on ropes that dangle from wooden poles. You’ll see them up close before docking at a pier in Mar Piccolo. From here, you can either hop on the shuttle bus back to the port, or head off for a walk around Taranto.
- SUITABILITY Little physical activity.