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Spartan Museum of Taranto - Hypogeum Bellacicco

Corso Vittorio Emanuele II 39 | Borgo Antico di Taranto, 74123, Taranto, Italy
+39 330 438 646
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A place to visit , but

It is a real fine museum to visitas you learn a lot about the history of Taranto during the ages... read more

Reviewed 23 April 2018
diane j
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Sparten Museum

Reserved in advance for a Sunday visit. Personal tour by most enthusiastic and informative host... read more

Reviewed 11 June 2017
Kasia N
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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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23 Apr 2018
“A place to visit , but”
11 Jun 2017
“Sparten Museum”
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Hours Today: 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM
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Corso Vittorio Emanuele II 39 | Borgo Antico di Taranto, 74123, Taranto, Italy
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Reviewed 23 April 2018

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...More

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Reviewed 11 June 2017 via mobile

Reserved in advance for a Sunday visit. Personal tour by most enthusiastic and informative host. History is within the walls.

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Reviewed 26 April 2017

Visiting this place is a must, especially if you're a ancient history lover. Enjoyed every second. Their way they conduct the tour in the Ipogeo is great. Every time I come back it's always better

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Reviewed 26 April 2016

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...More

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Reviewed 21 April 2016 via mobile

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...More

1  Thank Alisa C
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Reviewed 21 December 2015

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...More

3  Thank HampshireBirdman
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Reviewed 25 August 2015

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...More

5  Thank MarcoSchnabl
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Roberto B, Proprietario at Spartan Museum of Taranto - Hypogeum Bellacicco, responded to this reviewResponded 26 August 2015

Thank you for the nice words

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Reviewed 13 August 2015

Excellently displayed artifacts from the period of Magna Greca in the Salient. Burial wreaths of gold and silver as if yesterday. Jewelry from that period. Some few artifacts from the Roman period as well.

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Reviewed 13 July 2015

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...More

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Roberto B, Proprietario at Spartan Museum of Taranto - Hypogeum Bellacicco, responded to this reviewResponded 16 July 2015

Thanks for the nice review. And see you soon!

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Reviewed 14 May 2015 via mobile

Hypogeum fantastic, as you enter, come your attention is directed to the reproduction of giant Spartan helmet. Highly recommended for a cultural study of the history of Taranto

1  Thank Agostino M
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Phthagan
17 September 2017|
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Good morning, spartan museum will open on Wednesday (h 20.00) and sunday (h 11.00)
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Erik C
11 January 2017|
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Yes, museum will open Sunday January 15th. Guided tour starts on 11.00
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