Taranto - A Town of the Sea

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The symbol of Taranto is the great Rotating Bridge. It connects the new town to the island where the old town is, over the canal that links Mar Grande and Mar Piccolo.

The bridge is dedicated to St. Francis from Paola; it was built in 1958 to replace a wooden bridge dating back to 1886.

The navigable canal was digged in 1481 to protect the town from Turkish attack. The Rotating Bridge is periodically opened to let military ships go through.

From the sea, the old town looks enchanting, especially at night, when street lights emphasize the contour of the so-called "palazzata", that is the old palazzos, where noble families and the clergy once used to live.

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