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Parco Archeologico Manduria

Via Sant'Antonio, 74024, Manduria, Italy
+39 349 287 8612
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Couldn't get in place closed and totally unkept

No idea if this is still a site you can visit.Information on website,very poor.It is such a shame... read more

Reviewed 27 May 2017
MIlton Keynes
via mobile
A site rich of history

This is an interesting place where you can see: - long walls (originally 7 meters high) which... read more

Reviewed 1 May 2017
Zurich, Switzerland
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The extraordinary Archaeological Park of Messapian Walls stretches for more than 15 hectars, enclosed in a double circle of walls, and is one of the most important and largest archaeological sites in Italy. The symbol of the park, as well as of the city, is the Fonte Pliniano, a monumental spring of water made famous by the quotation of Pliny the Elder for the constant level of its water. On the coat of arms the Fonte is depicted as a well with an almond tree "rising" from it. Going downstairs you will be caught up in the magical atmosphere of the ypogeum where light effects will enchant you and where you will observe the same phenomenon that struck Plinio as well: both if you take off or add some water, its level remains the same. Outside of the mighty megalithic walls, articulated in 3 concentric circles and erected to contain the expansion of the Greek colony of Tarentum, extends the incredible necropolis with more than 2000 Messapian burials, dating back from the VI to the II century b.C. Der außergewöhnliche ,,Parco Archeologico delle Mura Messapiche" von Manduria erstreckt sich über 15 Hektar. Er wird durch zwei Stadtmauern begrenzt und er ist eine der größten und wichtigsten archäologischen Stätte in ganz Italien. Der ,,Fonte Pliniano" ist der symbolische Ort der Stadt und er wird durch Plinius dem Älteren für die beständige Wasserversorgung dargestellt. Diese Quelle wird im Stadtwappen von Manduria mit einem Mandelbaum abgebildet. Die magische Atmosphäre dieser unterirdischen Höhle beeindruckt die Besucher durch die Lichtquellen. Plinius war für ein besonderes Detail berühmt, auch wenn man stetig Wasser aus dem Brunnen schöpft, bleibt das Wasserniveau unverändert. Außer den drei mächtigen Stadtmauern welche die Stadt gegen die Bedrohung von Taranto schützen sollten, erstreckt sich die unglaubliche ,,Necropolis" mit mehr als 2000 Bestattungen (vom VI bis II Jahrhundert v.C.).
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1 May 2017
“A site rich of history”
27 May 2017
“Couldn't get in place closed and totally unkept”
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Via Sant'Antonio, 74024, Manduria, Italy
+39 349 287 8612
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Reviewed 27 May 2017 via mobile

No idea if this is still a site you can visit.Information on website,very poor.It is such a shame as I think it would have been very interesting.please put times on your website and improve access signs

Thank cycleplus1
Reviewed 1 May 2017

This is an interesting place where you can see: - long walls (originally 7 meters high) which protected the city during the war against Taranto (ca 500 BC). In this war, a Spartan King, Archidamus, fell in battle just under those walls. Pay attention that...More

Thank giorgioandbettina
Reviewed 12 August 2016

Superb archeological site with competent guides Wheather you are deeply into archeology or not you will surely enjoy the visit. The Plinian well is truly unique

Thank Lombardo009
Reviewed 30 September 2015

This was a fascinating tour. The cave with ever-flowing (for centuries) spring was incredible. The walls and burial sites of the pre-Roman inhabitants were very interesting.

Thank twoqs
Reviewed 1 September 2015 via mobile

Pliny's Well, the ancient Massapia city walls and graves, and the more recent Byzantine church are all genuine major historic and geological wonders. We were shown round by local volunteer guide Lucia who was enthusiastic knowledgable and very friendly. Signposting not good from the ring...More

1  Thank John K
Reviewed 12 September 2014

This park holds some interesting relics of times gone by. Some areas seem quite well preserved with large walls. Unfortunately there is little in the way of interpretation of standing walls. We were lucky enough to be joined by one of the park archaeologists for...More

Thank HampshireBirdman
Reviewed 3 August 2014

We drove around Manduria and finally found this park however it was overgrown, closed up tight with giraffe tall over the park signs. We were very disappointed!

Thank ACappon
Reviewed 25 October 2013

Upon locating the Mandurian Archaeological Park, our first thoughts were that it was closed - and appeared to have been for some time. We peered through the fence at what was evidently a large site, but saw no immediate way to gain entrance. As it...More

2  Thank DecoDogs
Reviewed 28 May 2013

Visited this site very quickly in the half hour we had before a wine tasting just up the street. The docent was very friendly, and gestured for us to check out the fonte, and then showed us into the crypt that was just several hundred...More

Thank Amelia L
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