Dubrovnik is probably the most famous landmark of the Adriatic coast, at least one that’s in the boundaries of Croatia.
Dubrovnik is a city and a seaport on the eastern coast of the Adriatic Sea, in southern Croatia. It is a synonym for luxury tourism and it is one of the most prominent tourist destinations on the Adriatic.
There is so much to talk about Dubrovnik, for example, Dubrovnik is the place where renowned HBO series Game Of Thrones was and still being filmed; its medieval walled cities are among 10 most preserved in the world; it is on the UNESCO World Heritage Sites list; it is the home of the oldest arboretum in the world, it is the home of the oldest cultural event in Croatia – Dubrovnik Summer Festival…and the list goes on and on.
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But, Dubrovnik with its pristine crystal clear sea offers many adventures for the adventure seekers and those who want a break of all history focus and cultural topics. This time we’ll show you one diving location, so you can explore Dubrovnik’s splendors below the sea, not just above like everyone else.
Taranto wreck is indeed an Italian warship Tottono,lying in the close vicinity of the Dubrovnik port of Gruž and is one of many diving locations of island Grebeni. Local people call it Taranto,probably because of Croatian corruption of the Italian word trattore – which stands for tractor. Namely, warship Tottono in the time of its sinking was carrying tractors as a cargo on the deck. Now tractors and other parts are scattered at the bottom of the sea, near the wreck.
After Tottono has sunk across the lip of the wall and in front of the island Grebeni its stern is at the end of the wall on depth of 20 meters. Ship hull is broken and it is lying on the seabed in the deep where depth is 52 meters.
You can see the remains of the rail, upper deck and the foremast which is leaning and is full with sponges and soft corals. Also, the foremast is wrapped with the remains of fishing nets. Also at the seabed are two tractors ready for drive.
History facts about Taranto
Warship Taranto was built in 1912 and was under Austro-Hungarian command. It was equipped with machineguns which, later on, were replaced with cannons. After the World War I it fell to the hands of Italian navy and they converted it into a transportation ship. It sunk in 1943, having struck a mine in front of the Reef islet. Wreck today lies at the end of the underwater reef. (Excerpt from http://www.dubrovnikdiving.com/en)