Taranto in the past Taranto is characterised by a long history and traditions. In fact the city was founded in 706 B.C. Taranto was less chaotic than nowdays: there were not so many buildings and means of transport such as cars and the traffic was less frantic. It was not so modern as nowadays. The town was infact smaller, made up of the old town, the Borgo and the suburb of Rione Tamburi. There were still the horsecoaches! Air was much more breathable. Shopping was done in small greangrocers’ that have been replaced by department stores and commercial centres. There were not dust – bins in the streets, Garbage was collected from houses. The plastic bags for rubbish did not exsist. The Air smelt good and clean.