After a seven-year labor of restoration and modernization, Taranto's National Archaeological Museum (the MarTa) has finally reopened in its former seat, the historic premises of the ex-monastery of San Pasquale. The museum dates from 1887 and its collection of Greek and Roman antiquities is considered to be one of the most important in Italy. Many artifacts were discovered in the vicinity, testifying to the city's centuries-old importance as a port. Admire the rich cache
of tomb goods, including magnificent gold jewelry, polychrome terra-cottas, objects in ivory and bone, and rare colored glass. A display of Jewish, Christian, and Muslim funeral epitaphs, dating between the 4th and 11th centuries, demonstrate the peaceful coexistence of the three religions in this multicultural Mediterranean hub from the Byzantine era to the Middle Ages.