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Castello Ursino & Museo Civico

Piazza Federico di Svevia, Catania, Sicily, Italy (Centro Catania)
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Ranked #22 of 75 attractions in Catania
Type: Museums, Castles
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Washington DC, District of Columbia
2 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2014

We visited the Castle, surrounded by a lava flow. It was built on the sea, but today the sea is far wawy from it. Terrific!!!

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Huntsville, Alabama
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 3, 2014

While docked in Catania and without a plan, we stumbled upon this castle and opted to go inside. The fee was reasonable and half price for my over-65-yrs-old parents. The castle is quite well preserved and you can learn a lot of history about the area to include the devastating eruption of Mt. Etna that extended the land (the castle... More

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22 reviews 22 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2014

Our Hotel was just around the corner - itself a great little hotel! Anyway, myself and my son were just out walking, getting a feel for the land on the 1st day in Catania and hey presto - So we went in and werent dissapointed ... The castle was originally miliatry and inhabited by the King of Sicily - but... More

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Ipswich, Suffolk, England
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 12, 2014 via mobile

This is one of the best preserved castles i have ever visited. There is more emphasis of the objects and artwork inside the castle, than life in the castle itself, which was disappointing. There is a lift(elevator) available for going up the levels. Well worth a visit for the mosaics and early Christian artwork.

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Amesbury, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2014

The castle looks like its restoration is complete but unfortunately it was closed on the Sunday we were there. The castle is very imposing with all of its towers complete and it has a great, surrounding moat. Well worth the 5 minutes walk from the Piazza Duomo.

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London, United Kingdom
2 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 9, 2014

says what it is great for a building that age. Interesting artefacts and beautiful paintings.You can imagine what it like when it was first built a huge fortiforcation.

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Copenhagen, Denmark
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 26, 2013 via mobile

I am somewhat confused when reading reviews that say nothing is inside this museum. They had paintings upstairs but downstairs they had a terrific collection of architectural elements, sculptures, and ceramics as well as smaller objects of art, dating back to the fifth century BC, inside a truly breathtaking building. Well worth the price of admission and a high point... More

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed December 22, 2013

Castello Ursino is what it is, a Castle. It looks like from the Norman origin and it's not too far away from the Duomo. Been there, done that experience. It's not something that's worth lingering around for.

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Catania, Italy
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 19, 2013

Honestly the outside is more interesting than the museum inside. Get some amazing pics from the outside, and enjoy one of the many restaurants nearby. If you are really interested in Sicilian history,go inside- just don't expect the same interesting architecture once you go in.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 23, 2013 via mobile

I loved this Castles structure. The only problem with some places, that dont have frescoes, gold or something like that then paintings are placed in them, statues, old pottery etc to fill up you time ... This is what happened here. But I enjoyed waking outside and viewing this incredible structure and the few ruins around it. It was €6... More

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