The group is founded in Rome in 1996 by keyboards player Gianluca De Rossi and drummer Fabio Mociatti,
together with bass player Stefano Proietti and singer Paolo Cedrone. The group gets its name from Taprobana, the ancient denomination of Ceylon Island (Sri-Lanka), where Tommaso Campanella set his The City of the Sun. With this line-up, between May and December, Taproban record their first demo-tape. The band is renovated in the spring of 1997,
with drummer Valter Strappolini (Lamia) and experienced bassist-guitarist Roberto Pizzi (Libro di Gomma).