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Chiesa San Leone Magno
Chiesa San Leone Magno
Metaponto is located in Italy
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(s) 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.


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


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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