The small seaside village
Metaponto is a small hamlet of the municipality of Bernalda and lies on the plain to which the town gives its name, the Metapontino. It is a seaside village, but boasts origins and links of great importance: in fact, Pythagoras settled here and this was the main centre for the dissemination of his ideas. The Temple dedicated to the mythological divinity Hera is splendid and very ancient, striking and imposing. But, between historical re-enactments such as 'Bernalda dresses in the Middle Ages' and food and wine events, not to be missed is a stroll along the seashore, to breathe in the atmosphere that still recalls ancient ship departures to distant lands and live at the rhythm dictated by the tides and winds, like the sailors of yesteryear, like the fishermen of today. A curiosity: Bernalda is also the birthplace of Francis Ford Coppola! Agostino, his grandfather, emigrated from Italy at the beginning of the 20th century and the director became an honorary citizen of the town on 1 May 1989, continuing to stay in touch with the town so much so that he has several projects in the pipeline concerning this very area, its revival.