Metaponto

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Metaponto
Frazione
The Temple of Hera
The Temple of Hera
Metaponto is located in Italy
Metaponto
Metaponto
Location of Metaponto in Italy
Coordinates: 40°22′28″N 16°48′36″E / 40.37444°N 16.81000°E / 40.37444; 16.81000Coordinates: 40°22′28″N 16°48′36″E / 40.37444°N 16.81000°E / 40.37444; 16.81000
Country  Italy
Region  Basilicata
Province Matera
Comune Bernalda
Elevation 4 m (13 ft)
Population (2010)
 • Total 1,028
Demonym metapontini
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
 • Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
Postal code 75010
Dialing code 0835

Metaponto is a small town of about 1,000 people in the province of Matera, Basilicata, Italy. Administratively it is a frazione of Bernalda.

History[edit]

Main article: Metapontum

The town was built by the ancient Greek to defend Sibari from the growth of Taranto. A 1 km stretch of beach with white powdery sand is a further tourist attraction.

Geography[edit]

Metaponto is located by the Ionian Coast on the road linking Potenza and Matera with Taranto. It is composed by the main village and Metaponto Lido, the beach area. Between them there are located the ruins of Metapontum and the railway station.

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External links[edit]

Media related to Metaponto at Wikimedia Commons