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Parco Archeologico di Siponto

Manfredonia

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The Archaeological Park of Siponto is of special importance as evidence of the high position achieved by ancient Siponto during the Roman period, after the colony was founded in 194 BC.

The History

Parco Archeoloico di Siponto

An Archaeological Park of special importance as evidence of the high position achieved by ancient Siponto during the Roman period (colony founded in 194 BC), when it became one of the main ports of Regio II and then the seat of one of the most important dioceses in the region.
After the port turned into a marsh and two devastating earthquakes in 1223 and 1255, Siponto was abandoned and its residents moved to the new city founded by the son of Emperor Frederick II of Swabia, King Manfred (second half of the 13th century), which was called Manfredonia and later, under Angevin rule, Sypontum Novellum.

The Building

Parco Archeologico di Siponto - Basilica medievale

Parco Archeologico di Siponto - Basilica medievale

The remains of the early-Christian, three-nave basilica with a central apse and mosaic floor stand as a reminder that Siponto was the seat of one of the most important dioceses in the region. Fine mosaic floors dating to the time when the early-Christian basilica was built (4th century AD) and its renovation in the subsequent century are preserved inside the medieval basilica of Santa Maria Maggiore.
The medieval basilica, built between the end of the 11th and beginning of the 12th century, is one of the cornerstones of Romanesque architecture in Puglia. It has the shape of a cube topped by a small central dome and a crypt that is entered from outside. Between the end of the 12th and beginning of the 13th century, it was subject to major renovations. Materials from ancient Siponto (columns, capitals) were reused for its construction and decoration. The archivolt of the fine portal is supported by two columns resting on the back of a lion.

The heritage

Since 2016, the Archaeological Park of Siponto has hosted Dove l’arte ricostruisce il tempo (Where Art Reconstructs Time), an innovative installation by a young artist from Lombardy, Edoardo Tresoldi. Made out of metal mesh, its forms evoke the the early-Christian basilica’s final building phase.
Composed of 4,500 metres of arc-welded galvanised mesh, the metal basilica is 14 metres high and weighs around seven metric tons. The bold decision to bring archaeology and contemporary art into dialogue is expressive of an overall vision that sees landscape as a site of temporal complexity combining evidence of the past and present reality.
In 2016, the Archaeological Park of Siponto received the highest number of votes in the fourth edition of the Riccardo Francovich Prize, awarded by the Society for Italian Medievalist Archaeologists (Società degli Archeologi Medievisti Italiani, SAMI) to the Italian museum or archaeological park that has achieved the most successful synthesis of rigorous scientific content and its effective communication to a non-specialist public.

  • Basilica of Santa Maria Maggiore

    Basilica of Santa Maria Maggiore

    Frontal view of the basilica of Santa Maria Maggiore in Siponto (11th–13th century)

  • Cripta

    Cripta

    Interior of the crypt of the basilica of Santa Maria Maggiore in Siponto

  • "Dove l'arte ricostruisce il tempo"

    "Dove l'arte ricostruisce il tempo"

    Detail of the work by contemporary artist Edoardo Tresoldi.

Address

Viale Giuseppe Di Vittorio, s.n.c.
71043 Manfredonia

Ownership

Ministry of Cultural Heritage and Activities

Tipology

Archaeological Park

Info

Director: Alfredo de Biase
+39 0884 587838
pm-pug.parcosiponto@beniculturali.it

More info

Info

Winter opening hours

Monday: closed
Tueseday: 9.00 – 18.00
Wednesday: 9.00 – 18.00
Thursday: 9.00 – 18.00
Friday: 9.00 – 18.00
Saturday: 9.00 – 18.00
Sunday: 9.00 – 18.00

Summer opening hours

Monday: closed
Tueseday: 12.30 – 21.30
Wednesday: 12.30 – 21.30
Thursday: 12.30 – 21.30
Friday: 12.30 – 21.30
Saturday: 12.30 – 21.30
Sunday: 12.30 – 21.30

Ticket office closing: 30' before closing

Address

Viale Giuseppe Di Vittorio, s.n.c.
71043 Manfredonia

How to get here

The Archaeological Park of Siponto is located a few kilometres south of Manfredonia, along Viale Giuseppe Di Vittorio. Manfredonia can be reached by the Foggia train station via regional trains. The city is linked to others in the Gargano region by buses run by SITA of Bari and the Saps Bus Line. Arriving by car, take the Foggia exit on the A14 motorway and continue along the state road Garganica SS89 until Manfredonia. The closest airport is the Karol Wojtyla airport in Bari

Contacts

+39 0884 587838
pm-pug.parcosiponto@beniculturali.it

Full ticket

Free

Animals

Animals are permitted if on a leash and wearing a muzzle.