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Metaponto is a small town of about 1,000 people in the province of Matera, Basilicata, Italy. Administratively it is a frazione of Bernalda.

Metaponto
Chiesa San Leone Magno
Chiesa San Leone Magno
Metaponto is located in Italy
Metaponto
Metaponto
Location of Metaponto in Italy
Coordinates: 40°22′28″N 16°48′36″E / 40.37444°N 16.81000°E / 40.37444; 16.81000Coordinates: 40°22′28″N 16°48′36″E / 40.37444°N 16.81000°E / 40.37444; 16.81000
Country Italy
Region Basilicata
ProvinceMatera
ComuneBernalda
Elevation
4 m (13 ft)
Population
 (2010)
 • Total1,028
Demonym(s)metapontini
Time zoneUTC+1 (CET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+2 (CEST)
Postal code
75010
Dialing code0835

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HistoryEdit

The town was built by the ancient Greeks to defend Sybaris from the growth of Taranto. A 1 km stretch of beach with white powdery sand is a further tourist attraction.

GeographyEdit

Metaponto is located by the Ionian Coast on the road linking Potenza and Matera with Taranto. It is composed by the main village and Metaponto Lido, the beach area. Between them there are located the ruins of Metapontum and the railway station.

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External linksEdit

  Media related to Metaponto at Wikimedia Commons