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Castello Normanno-Svevo

Bari, Italy
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Ranked #17 of 45 attractions in Bari
Type: Ancient Ruins
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Dayton, Ohio
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2013 via mobile

We stayed at the palace hotel after a cruise and this was a short walk from the hotel. It made for some nice pictures, as it is a well preserved ruins. From here you can also see two cathedrals which are also close. We did not venture inside.

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Birmingham, UK
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2013

I really liked this place, but was frustrated by the lack of access to several areas. I guess we just need to be patient while excavations continue; meanwhile, there are some fascinating artefacts from the 12th-15th century and an informative display on the history of the castle, its origins and uses.

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Lausanne, CH
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2013

The castle is very grand from the outside but is not worth visiting the inside. There is a kiosk in the beginning of the visit. It tells the history of the castle and is very long and boring. After just a few minutes my kids had had enough. There is nothing worth while to look at once inside. Either large... More

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London, United Kingdom
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43 attraction reviews
41 helpful votes 41 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2013

We enjoyed spending about an hour here recently on a trip to Bari. As others have noted the castle museum is not too extensive but there is nonetheless a fair amount of information inside about its history. There is also a room full of modern plaster models of statues from Bari and elsewhere in Puglia, including ones from the Cathedral... More

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Bear, Delaware
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 14, 2013

The Norman walls remain and the fortress has been restored to its original appearance but there is much less to see than in other similar forts and you cannot access the walls. There is a good museum inside with sculpture and artifacts of the fortress and local churches.

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Orange Park
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 5, 2013

The exterior of this castle is very large and somewhat impressive and so we paid the 3 euros to tour it. Not much to see other than the remains of some frescos and old stones. Having traveled all over Europe, I was not very impressed with the sparse interior and did not spend a great amount of time touring it.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 16, 2013

I was a bit surprised at the 3€ entrance - when you can go to pompeii for 11€ or walk around surprising matera for free -but everything has its price. inside is a lot smaller than it looks and you can't see most of the upstairs anyway so its a quick walk around. don't miss the information on the computor... More

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Rome, Italy
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 11, 2013

This place has so much potential- it is a magnificent structure which is wonderfully preserved and contains a beautiful collection of artefacts but there was virtually no information available either in terms of an audio guide or written information beside each artefact describing its age or function. What a great pity not make the most of this fascinating attraction.

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Rome, Italy
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 9, 2013

The original castle here, which remains surprisingly intact, was built during the Norman invasions of the 11th century. Modern battlements were added by the 17th century or so. If you are interested in early medieval history, this is a definite must see.

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Naples, Italy
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 29, 2012 via mobile

Living here in Naples, Italy we have seen our fair share of Castles but from the Outside Castello Svevo is Gorgeous & a Pleasant walk but we weren't to thrilled about the inside like others that we have been too. It was quiet boring & not a lot to see because you are not permitted on higher levels which would... More

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