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Castello Normanno-Svevo

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Address: Piazza dei Martiri, Bari, Italy
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Surprising interior display

From the outside this looks an imposing fort undergoing some renovation but inside it houses an impressive collection of artefacts illuminating the history of the building and the... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed July 8, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2015 NEW

how beautiful this museum now is. and when you see the photos of what they started with before the restoration, you'll be very impressed. It's an amazing story from history that's revealed here so well and is the cultural highlight of Bari. Don't miss it

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2015

It is not a real exceptional attraction but it is quite interesting to see. The most interesting thing is the imponent structure and the fact that contrary to the majority of the castles it is located really in the centre of the old city of Bari.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2015

From the outside this looks an imposing fort undergoing some renovation but inside it houses an impressive collection of artefacts illuminating the history of the building and the work being done to restore it. The displays are well thought out and shown in excellent conditions (lighting etc) which came as a bit of a surprise. We were expecting a collection... More 

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Tel Aviv, Israel
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2015

Known also as Castello Federico II . Located at the edge of the historic Old Bari . Very impressive and massiv fort to look at from the outside . Inside still still undergoing restorations . Not a must to pay and enter , Instead if weather is warm , you can grab cold beers and panninis at the Federico II... More 

Leicestershire, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2015

Very interesting with lots of great artefacts, great displays and information however we could not get the full experience due to renovation work on upper level. Still worth a visit

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2015 via mobile

It costs 3Euros to get in. Most of the castle inside is currently shut so only three small rooms can be visited with nothing of interest to see. Astonishingly two of the rooms have new lights which switch on with movement and go off the moment there is no movement - so if you stand still to look at the... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2015

Castello Normanno-Svevo is located in the heart of the city,it is also next to the sea,so anybody visiting the old city will see this huge Castle in any case as all small and narrow roads lead to the square where it is located.Very interesting and strange construction with nice green park surrounding it.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 1, 2015

The castle is currently undergoing extensive renovations and you will be unable to enjoy the best parts, e.g. top floor/walls, as well as most of the outer courtyards. There is an informative multimedia room and some rooms with casts of old ruins from the surrounding areas from different times, but as far as I could tell none of these were... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2014

This castle was begun by Roger II probably in 1132, and destroyed at least twice by the people of Bari, in protest against the tyranny of the Normans. Frederick II rebuilt it almost completely between 1233 and 1240. It is surrounded by a moat, and can be accessed from the bridge and the gate on the southern side. It is... More 

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Antwerp, Belgium
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2014

5€ entrance... I think that is too much for what it is. Inside a lot of historical parts of churches and cathedrals but a bit enoying.... They can make much more of it!!


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