Metaponto was a rich and flourishing outpost of Magna Grecia, it was founded in the 7th century before Christ and it is the town where Pitagora was born.
There are important archaeological finds dating back to the Magna Grecia all across this important site, that is located on the Italian Ionic coast. Tourists can still enjoy the beautiful "Tavole Palatine", that are the columns remaining from a Greek temple and date back to the 6th century before Christ; the temple was dedicated to the Goddess Hera.
The Doric ruins of Apollo Licio's temple, stand in the middle of the old town and tourists can still see its huge monolithic columns; moreover, the ruins of a theater from the 6th century before Christ stand close to the aforementioned temple and both are important evidence of a complex flourishing site.
The Archaeological National Museum in Metaponto is the best place tourists can go to if they want to well understand the historical and artistic development of this important area; this museum gives tourists an insight on Metaponto, that is located on a strategic position, between the mouths respectively of the Bradano and the Basento rivers. There is a wide range of archaeological finds dating back to the time when Metaponto was founded, in the Bronze Age, until the coming of Romans.
Many archaeological finds of great interest have been unearthed during the archaeological excavations that have recently been carried out in Metaponto, that was one among the most important site of Magna Grecia.