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Castello Ursino & Museo Civico

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Address: Piazza Federico di Svevia, Catania, Sicily, Italy
Phone Number: 095345830
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some very interesting artworks and artefacts set on three floors, good for a couple of hours. easy to find, 5mins from Duomo.

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 14, 2015
Hastings, United Kingdom
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Hastings, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2015

some very interesting artworks and artefacts set on three floors, good for a couple of hours. easy to find, 5mins from Duomo.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2015

In Catania, you can spend several hours glancing in every room to discover many interesting and artistic materials. We enjoyed the tour.

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Oxford, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2015

We visited in early June and the Picasso exhibition, which paired Picasso's work, particularly ceramics, with locally-found Ancient Greek pottery, was still on. Great value for money, and the collection of art from Sicily was amazing. Only downside - so little publicity about this fantastic museum and art gallery! ( though the Castello itself is so big it's hard to... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 11, 2015

Well worth €9.50. An excellent exhibition of Picasso well put together and displayed (I have seen other Picasso exhibitions). Shown alongside Roman finds in the area (the museum side) and other Sicilian art (the gallery side). Some Picasso ceramics shown alongside Roman ceramics so you can see his inspiration. The castle is a good size and impressive but not much... More 

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Boston, MA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 31, 2015

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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2015

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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2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2015

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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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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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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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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