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Ponte Girevole, Taranto

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Bridge Tourist Spot
Take a walk down iconic Ponte Girevole, which joins the new city on the island, with its cafes and shops, to the ancient mainland town of Borgo Nuovo. The only existing bascule bridge in Italy, it spans a canal connecting the Great Sea to Mar Piccolo and was built to allow the passage of military ships, which still pass through today. Visit the museum in the new city before strolling along the bridge, past the Aragonese castle, to the historic cathedral in the old city. Don't forget to try the fresh seafood that's plentiful along the waterfront. Arrange to visit Ponte Girevole and other attractions in Taranto using our Taranto tour planner.
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  • If you are interested in visiting Taranto, one of the first thing to admire is the swing bridge maybe while is in action at night ... A unique show
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  • A must for walkers to the Centre of Taranto, with view of the sea and the nearby castle
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  • We visited on vacation. Fortunately during the tour of the castle there had already explained everything and so was easy to understand many things. The swing bridge is still functional, though now almost never used.
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  • one of the symbols of the historic town now plagued with numerous problems ! the town is worth the visit for its art treasures!
  • From it you can see the Mare Piccolo on one side and the Mare Grande from the other. Next to the Castello Aragonese. I like it!
  • Beautiful bridge to have sceneric view
  • It is the only bridge, with metal frame and cement, which opens by turning towards the mar piccolo, the two halves on the platforms that form the pins placed at its ends. The Bridge opens when military vessels are required to transition from the great sea to the roadstead of the mar piccolo and vice versa. Connecting the island to the Mainland where old Taranto where stands the borgo nuovo openings are quite exceptional. His inauguration dates back to 1958.
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  • The famous swing bridge, one of a kind that allow you to connect the old town to the land still, beautiful and charming when opening (so much so that still attracts visitors) to allow Navy ships can get out from the reservoir of the Mar Piccolo seaward aperro. I put two stars because the maintenance is poor and vista there are railings and pipes very eroded and dangerous (it's right these days the controversy in the local papers about the lack of maintenance and the danger of property).
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