The first thing we recommend for the newly arrived visitor to Fasano is to see the Archeological Park of Egnazia, one of the most important sites in Italy, whose history unfolded over many centuries.
Egnazia, or Gnathia, was very important in ancient times and was an active centre of trade and commerce tank to the presence of the port and the Trajan Way. The first settlement, made up of a village of huts, began in the 15th century BC (Bronze Age). In the 11th century BC (Iron Age) it was invaded by peoples who came from the Balkans area, the Iapygians, while in the 8th century BC began the Messapian phase for Egnazia, as for the whole of the Salento region, and would end with the roman occupation which began in the 3rd century BC. The city then became part of the Roman Empire and fell with it. From the Messapian phase of Egnazia there remain the formidable defence walls, the necropolis and the monumental funeral rooms decorated with elegant frescoes. The remains of the city (which has been excavated only in part) coming from the roman phase have been preserved. The remains of the Trajan Way, of the Civil Basilica with the hall of the three graces, of the shrine (Sacellum) of the oriental divinities, of the amphitheatre and of the forum are not to be missed. There are also two early Christian basilicas, originally with mosaic floors.
The Museum and the Archaeological Park of Egnazia can be reached from the State Road SS 379 exit Fasano-Savelletri. The entrance is on the provincial Monopoli-Savelletri road.
MUSEUM: 8.30 – 19.30 (Ticket Office 8.30 – 19.00)
ARCHAEOLOGICAL PARK 8.30 – 19.15 (ticket office 8.30 – 18.15)
PRICES: visit the museum and park € 3,00; park only € 2,00; museum only € 2,00.
Entrance free up to 18 and over 65 yrs. 50% reduction for those from 18 to 25 years
Library: open to the public during office hours with assistance for students or researchers.