current site map

sala tracciati

former Mechanical workshops

former shipyard


The image above shows the main European traffic corridors that affect the Italian region, such as those of the Rhine-Alps (orange), the Baltic-Adriatic (blue) and the Mediterranean (green), which continue until north.

In particular, the Scandinavia-Mediterranean corridor (fuchsia), crosses the entire peninsula, becoming the main nerve of the infrastructural network.

The points highlighted in blue indicate the railway traffic generators: the data highlights the importance of Bari Lamasinata with more than 4000 trains of combined traffic to its credit in 2016; the locations in yellow, on the other hand, represent the points with lack of traffic requests.

The Bellavista node in the Taranto area only has conventional train traffic.

Some of the railway interventions planned in the area south of Bari and in the Salento foresee, in addition to the strengthening of the hub of the capital, an adjustment of the Taranto and Lecce stations, with the introduction of a new terminus at Brindisi and Nasisi. The axes on the Adriatic coast and the internal Bari-Taranto-Lecce (in red and blue) will also be upgraded.


Protection System

Since February 2015, the Regional Territorial Landscape Plan has been in force and is being implemented throughout the regional territory, a territorial urban planning tool aimed at protecting the environmental landscape and cultural heritage categories. It deals with the division of the regional territory into small landscape units and areas of territorial figures according to the physical environmental and historical-cultural characteristics that define its landscape identity. The territory of Taranto is part of Area 8 “Arco Ionico Tarantino” and in the territorial figure “Anfiteatro e Piana Tarantina”.

Hydrogeomorphological Structure

The site of the Cantieri Tosi, in addition to being subjected to the hydrogelogical constraint, has a building prohibition of 300 m from the coast and 150 m from the banks of the rivers. Thus, the interventions allowed are hydraulic works for the safety of the areas and interventions of environmental improvement and improvement, eliminating the unnecessary vegetation in order to ensure the regular flow of water, guaranteeing the protection of people and goods to avoid dangerous events. Furthermore, the development of the coastal beach-dune-pine/scrubland systems is permitted, starting from construction of accesses to the beach compatible with the naturalness of the place, aiming to lower the unauthorized buildings and their relocation.
In addition, in Mar Grande and in the northern part of both Mar Piccolo’s creeks they are submarine springs with different salinity that along with the winds and the tides, affect the course of the superficial and deep currents. Some springs like that of the Tara (north of the Mar Grande), of the Galeso (first creek of the Mar Piccolo), of the Rice or of the Cervaro (second creek of the Mar Piccolo) bring fresh water mixed with brackish water, creating an ideal hydrobiological condition for the cultivation of mussels. In the two creeks of the Mar Piccolo there are submarine springs of cold hypogean water, which play a very important role. In fact, they regulate the temperature of the waters of the entire basin, influencing their salinity (slightly lower than that of the open sea).

In the first creek we find in particular the citrous of the Galeso river, a stream that flows on the banks of the basin, a refuge for numerous species of aquatic birds. If Mar Piccolo is a particularly productive reality, it is a refuge for numerous marine species mainly due to the richness of the nitrogen and phosphorus salts brought by the rivers, the low depth and the reduced hydro dynamism. Among the species that populate the creeks we find microscopic planktonic organisms, dribbling dalmatina (Microlipophrys dalmatinus) abundantly present in both creeks, nudibranch Thecacera pennigera, two species of Hippocampus (Hippocampus guttulatus, H. hippocampus) large sponge Geodia cydonium, pipefish Rio (Syngnathus abaster), hermit crab Paguristes streaensis and many others. They are indigenous and coexist with species never seen before in the area (cohabitation made dangerous due to the invasiveness of the latest) coming from various parts of the world transported in ballast water or encrusted on the hulls of ships entering the port of Taranto.





The group was in charge of mapping the existing state of Cantieri Tosi’s area by using photographic and cartographic documents, needed to understand the structure and the position of the existing buildings in the area.



The group was in charge of the landscape and territorial analysis of Taranto’s area, in particular of Mar Piccolo and the former Cantieri Tosi’s area, needed to understand the best approach for the intervention while also following the rules and tutelages in force in the area. Furthermore, their analysis deepened into the topics of local animal species and their safekeeping.



This group’s work focused on the study of the site’s infrastructure, with particular attention to the former Cantieri Tosi’s area, as well as the area near Nasisi Station.


Architectural Design Laboratory IV - Prof. Arch. G. Fallacara