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Castello Ursino & Museo Civico

Neighborhood: Centro Catania
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Address: Piazza Federico di Svevia, Catania, Sicily, Italy
Phone Number: 095345830

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Great outside

Moat area was full of trash. Once inside, the art was nice, but needed more castle and less art. Some on the walls look like a castle, but some have walls built in front of the... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed February 2, 2015
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Boston, MA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 31, 2015 NEW

We were just in Catania in May 2015 and visited Castello Ursino. It has a large central courtyard and if you like history or architecture you should enjoy this Castle. It has been upgraded with lights and there was a Pablo Picasso show that was very nice to see. From the top floor you can look out on Monte Etna... More 

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Switzerland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2015 NEW

This beautiful 13th century castle founded by Frederick II of Swabia is a fantastic venue for the Picasso exhibit (or for other future exhibits). It was delightful to see Picasso's drawings of bullfights on the old stone walls.

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Haifa District, Israel
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2015 NEW

We went to see the Picasso exhibition there. Entrance fee was 10 Euros per person. The exhibition was limited and quite poor compared to other Picasso exhibitions we have seen. The maintenance of this museum is very bad: no soup, neither toilet paper nor paper towels in the bathrooms. Even the close by coffee shop had better facilities.

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Helsinki
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2015

Castelllo Ursino is quite impressive builsing. The Museum inside it, a mixture of modern art, paintings from local Artists, and artifacts from the Roman Empire. The castle is open thru the day. WC (messy) in top floor. Cafe was closed. Picasso exhibition till the end of June included, fee 9.50€. The museum audioguide not available, neither locker for backbag. You... More 

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Birmingham, United Kingdom
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 16, 2015

8€ is a bit steep for this place. Nothing much above the ground floor is worth seeing. It is poorly laid out and confusing when combined with 'modern art', as if they've run out of things to display.

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Texas
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 2, 2015

Moat area was full of trash. Once inside, the art was nice, but needed more castle and less art. Some on the walls look like a castle, but some have walls built in front of the castle walls. Little pricey... probably wouldn't do it again.

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Burlington, Ontario, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 25, 2014

Again they outdid themselves a well preserved old castle with all the beauty of a museum it is an easy walk and will take you approx 2+ hours to go and see everything

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West Sacramento California
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2014

it is a short walk. A small park in front when you can rest if you have had a full day on a walking tour. The empty moat was scattered with garbage. The exhibits were sparse and for the most part uninteresting. With that all said, if you have extra time available to visit, I would not totally discourage you,... More 

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Newmarket, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 23, 2014

Very close to town center quiet an impressive as you approach it,after paying 8 euro was disappointed that inside it contained mostly relics from roman empire.these would have been better placed in museum near theatre.But nicely preserved castle.

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Ne England
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2014

Visited this castle during the day, nice but didn't really earn the 8 euro entrance. There were musical performances in the central courtyard most evenings while we were in Catania. We saw two beautiful girls playing harps, heavenly and free!

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