Province of Taranto

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Province of Taranto
Province
Coat of arms of Province of Taranto
Coat of arms
Map highlighting the location of the province of Taranto in Italy
Map highlighting the location of the province of Taranto in Italy
Country  Italy
Region Apulia
Capital(s) Taranto
Comuni 29
Government
 • President Giovanni Florido
Area
 • Total 2,437 km2 (941 sq mi)
Population (2012)
 • Total 578,465
 • Density 240/km2 (610/sq mi)
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
 • Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
Postal code 74100
Telephone prefix 099
Vehicle registration TA
ISTAT 073

The Province of Taranto (Italian: Provincia di Taranto) is a province in the Apulia region of Italy. Its capital is the city of Taranto.

It has an area of 2,437 square kilometres (941 sq mi), and a total population of 578,465 (2001). There are 29 comuni (singular: comune) in the province [1], see Comunes of the Province of Taranto.

History[edit]

View of Gravina
The Ionian sea

On 23 September 1923, Taranto province to become budding region of ancient Terra d'Otranto, in recognition of the important role the city served both ancient and in modern era. Until 1951, it was called the Province of the Ionian.

Crest was thought to be used as an emblem of the ancient city suggested by Pyrrhus of Epirus, speaking as an ally in the War against Rome Tarantini: a scorpion on his back depicted with three lilies, crown regent of the Principality of Taranto between the claws. The king of Epirus in fact, observing the city from the hills that surround it, had the impression that the conformation urban remember the figure of a scorpion. This emblem was also acting as a deterrent psychological enemies have considered the Magna Graecia and dangerous as a scorpion.

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Coordinates: 40°28′N 17°14′E / 40.467°N 17.233°E / 40.467; 17.233