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Sea, nature and archeology make Metaponto one of the most popular destinations in Basilicata, which in this point of its territory totally changes its "face". The winding roads and barren landscapes give way to vast areas of Mediterranean scrub and suggestive pine forests that border on the golden beaches bathed by the crystal clear waters of the Ionian Sea.
  • Blue Flag
  • Suitable for disabled people
  • Camper parking area
Archaeological area  |
Archaeological area
Lido di Metaponto  |
Lido di Metaponto
Archaeological area  |
Archaeological area
Metaponto Museum  |
Metaponto Museum
Metaponto  |
Panoramic view of Bernalda  |
Panoramic view of Bernalda
Bernalda Castle  |
Bernalda Castle
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About the village

Metaponto rises on the plain to which the city itself gives its name, the Metapontino, between the Bradano and Basento rivers, and is one of the most important seaside resorts on the Ionian coast of Basilicata.

Metaponto was founded by Greek colonists from the Achaia, in the second half of the 7th century BC, whose name means "beyond the sea", becoming very soon one of the most important cities of Magna Graecia.

The figure of Pythagoras is linked to Metaponto, who lived and worked until the end of his days in 490 BC, founding one of his schools.

The real development of the town lies between the second half of the sixth and the first half of the fourth century BC, while in Roman times it experienced a period of great decline.

Its economic wealth came mainly from the fertility of its territory, evidenced by the ear of barley that was depicted on the coins of Metaponto and which became the very symbol of the city and which it sent as a gift to Delphi.

A short distance from the modern village is located the archaeological area of Metaponto with its ruins among which the famous Tavole Palatine and the National Archaeological Museum of Metaponto.

Not only culture, archeology and the sea, the Ionian coast is also a sport to practice by taking advantage of the extraordinary natural and landscape resources it offers.

Metaponto is the ideal place for lovers of walking and horseback riding, even on the beautiful golden beaches that characterize this point of the Ionian coast.

Fans of outdoor activities can let themselves go by bike or by boat, as well as guided tours of the vast expanses of the Mediterranean maquis.

Village of Metaponto
municipality of Bernalda
province of Matera
Region Basilicata

Inhabitants: 1028 metapontini
Altitude center: 126 m a.s.l.

The Municipality is part of:
Città bio

Protected Natural Areas:
Natural Reserve Marinella Stornara
Natural Reserve Metaponto

Piazza Plebiscito - Tel. 0835-540223

= distances as the crow flies


  • Along the highway, the closest exits to the center of Metaponto are:
    - Taranto Nord exit (A14 Bologna-Taranto)


  • Taranto station
  • Gioia del Colle station


  • Bari airport

Travel proposals in Metaponto and in its territory

from 650.00 €
4×4 off-road trip in Italy in the area between Molise, Basilicata, Apulia and Calabria, once the Kingdom of the Sanniti
Interested villages: Metaponto, Montescaglioso, Craco, Castelmezzano

Sleep, eat, buy...

= distances as the crow flies


august, 2023
to saturday 12 august 2023

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