Spartan Museum of Taranto - Hypogeum Bellacicco

Spartan Museum of Taranto - Hypogeum Bellacicco

Spartan Museum of Taranto - Hypogeum Bellacicco
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11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
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The hypogeum Bellacicco is a hypogeum structure. Its peculiarity which makes this structure unique all over the historic and artistic landscape of Taranto is that in it we can find records of all the ages and the historical periods dating back from Taranto's foundation by the Spartans up to the XVII century, date of the building of the homonymous noble palace. The hypogeum is divided into 4 rooms (5-8 metres hight) and shows an extension of 800 square metres and a depth which reaches, at the lovest levels (4 altogher) 16 metres under the street basement and 4 metres under the sea level. The structure, in central position as regards the isle of the historic centre, represents a crossroad with the other hypogeum structures of the ancient village that constitues, on the whole, the system of "Taranto Underground" that reaches and radiates just from the hypogeum de Beaumont Bonelli Bellacicco. Thought it is difficult to set a precise date of building and the different historic developments of the structure, all the historical, archeological and geological studies report as date of the first building of the hypogeum the period of foundation of Taranto city when the Spartans extracted the first rock banks to build the first constructions and fortifications. Later this area of the historical centre will be called Caves Area.The structure is private property and privately run without public financing. It currently houses the Cultural Association "Filonide" and it is the only hypogeum structure fully restored and accessible in the historical centre. The restoration of the structure (lasted 6 years) was realized by the family funds of its current owners (family Bellacicco) without public or private financing. In 2007 it received the acknoledgement as remarkable cultural heritage by the Minister for cultural heritage and activities by the apposition of a display at the entrance of the structure. The hypogeum is object of different degree thesis in Italy and in the U.S.A and it is a container of cultural and artistic events of different kind
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Paolo B
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2020
This place offers the opportunity to meet the ancient Spartans and to see how they lived and what they loved! Dott. Bellacicco has done a remarkable job in bringing this place to light and making it available for everyone. I am so glad of having been in such a unique place!
Written September 27, 2020
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MrN
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2022 • Solo
Built, maintained, and operated by a dedicated group. You’ll learn about the history of Taranto by passionate locals. Definitely worth visiting to learn more about the rich history of Italy from this hidden gem.
Written May 22, 2022
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MarcoS
Taranto, Italy7 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2015 • Family
I visited the "Museum" the other night and I was really pleased by the tour. But don't expect a "proper" museum! Indeed the guide explains that it is a "Museum" in the Greek sense of the words: a place for the Muses, an inspirational location for poets. It is an ipogeum (an ancient underground location built by the Greeks some 2000 years B.C.) where you can see and witness the walls, built in different historical moments as well as the almost labyrinthical structure that will take you very deep underground in a small temple, then transformed into a thermal site by the Romans. The guide explained all the history about the site and you could not expect at all such a magic place under the streets of an old town and literally on the sea! I strongly suggest visiting the place (the entrance fee is very cheap too!) to experience something totally unexpected and mesmerizing.
Thanks to the owner Marcello for the kindness and passion.
Written August 25, 2015
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Thank you for the nice words
Written August 26, 2015
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Blueswallow22
Taranto, Italy4 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2016 • Family
From the arrival of the Spartans who developed Taranto into one of the major cities of the ancient world, then the Romans conquered Taranto, then the Saracens and then the Spanish. The museum is actually in the underground chambers built by expert Spartan stonemasons in about 700BC. This place is well worth a visit.
Written April 26, 2016
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HampshireBirdman
Martina Franca, Italy454 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2015 • Couples
This small private museum is only open on Sundays, get there 10:30 ish and get a tour. It occupies various levels of the basement of one of the old buildings in an area that has been occupied for a long period. Whilst the artefacts are few the walls speak loudly of their history since 700BC. Glad we persevered and finally found it open.
NOTE: it is not advisable to visit if wearing high heels as most floors are formed of a metal grill.
Written December 21, 2015
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tanyovino
Chicago, IL26 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2019
We had no idea Taranto had so much ancient Greek history. It was really amazing! We were so appreciative of this museum. We walked in on day that they were closed to the public but had a large tour group there and they gave us a tour anyway! The owners of the museum did a really great job of giving us a tour in Italian with a tiny bit of English. They were SO nice and the man was so knowledgeable. He gave us an amazing tour showing us the actual Spartan street, Greek artifacts, and the stairway that heads down to the sea. We loved spending time there. Grazie mille!
Mi dispiace non parliamo Italiano! Amore, gli spartani :)
Written November 25, 2019
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Alisa C
Nashville, TN410 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2016
Generally this place is very interesting. But they could've made so much more out of it. For instance, add more interesting information and more correct information! After the tour I googled a bit to learn more about ancient Taranto and found out that some info given on the tour was inaccurate.
I felt like this underground part of the city was too small, but later found out that it's all over downtown of Taranto. Just walk around historic city and ask people, they will show you.
The tour costs 4 euro, which is cheap and worth it.
Written April 20, 2016
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Superkatt
Sweden6,738 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2015 • Couples
Spartan Museum in Taranto is an interesting place to visit. It is situated in the basement of one of Old city-mansion of Taranto, standing in a first row of buildings along the seafront and Corso Vittorio Emanuele II. Walls of museum rooms can show a continuity of history, beginning from the Greek level of city walls to the roman, normand, and so on up to to-day building. The collection is about the Greek legacy of Taranto, and tells about the founder of the city of Taras, spartan Falanto, the circumstances around the grounding of the city, and life essentials of the city life during this time. Collection has no actual ancient archaeological artefacts, but it is possible to see artistic representation of Acropolis of Taras (now the Old City), Temples of the polis, its harbour and surrounding areas. One of the rooms has an underground passage through the old City-walls directly to the sea shore, sea can be seen from the exposition room, slightly below the floor level. We enjoyed the visit, the tour with presentation and the warm welcoming of the staff.
Written July 13, 2015
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Thanks for the nice review. And see you soon!
Written July 15, 2015
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Flavia M
Rome, Italy7 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2015 • Friends
Located in the ancient area of the city, this museum is the perfect ensemble of history, art and culture that creates a suggestive atmosphere. I had the chace to visit this unique place a couple times and I can say that both the spartan and the local culture shone through the old walls. I will most definitely come back, and I would suggest it as a must-see culture spot in Taranto.
Written April 25, 2015
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diane j
Antwerp, Belgium43 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2018 • Couples
It is a real fine museum to visitas you learn a lot about the history of Taranto during the ages. BUT if youare not familiar with the Italian language, I can imagine that for these people ther is not much to learn, I would advise the owners (for it is a privata museum) to make an effortand organise not only tours in Italian , but also inEnglish, French or German
Written April 23, 2018
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