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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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Imposing castle housing sculptures and paintings

For a 6 euro entry fee, this castle is well worth visiting, not least to escape the scorching heat of the midday sun with its thick stone towers and cool interiors. There are... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed October 5, 2015
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Melksham, United Kingdom
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4 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

wish we had more time to have gone round and take it all in. So much history and information. Shame there wasn't somewhere to eat there - we would have stayed longer.

Thank MillyandGraham12
Baton Rouge, Louisiana
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Lots of old artifacts. I had very low expectations. Lots of people told me it wasn't worth the money. I was very impressed by the sheer number of items they had. Just wandering around parts of the castle was very cool. There are english translations for most everything, so that was helpful. We really enjoyed it.

Thank twnkultoes
Bucharest, Romania
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6 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 10, 2015

With a square shape, classical, big but not too big, Ursino Castle do not seem very special at first glance: an early-medieval classic castel. Well, it was a very very nice surprise! Well maintained, well thought out as a museum, the almost 2 hours we spent in it were the finest two hours in Catania! I would have paid double... More 

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Washington, DC
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 109 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 10, 2015

The castle itself is amazing and impressive, particularly considering its history and perseverance through volcanic eruption and earthquake action! Admission is inexpensive and the museum is well curated, including sculpture from as early as the first century AD and paintings as late as the 18th century AD. Downstairs, Greek ceramics from the Etna area are on display. The 1st century... More 

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 86 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 5, 2015

For a 6 euro entry fee, this castle is well worth visiting, not least to escape the scorching heat of the midday sun with its thick stone towers and cool interiors. There are Greek and Roman marble busts and sarcophagi, urns and pottery as well as a floor of paintings. There is an elevator and vending machines dispensing drinks on... More 

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Binghamton, New York
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2015

we were very pleased to discover this museum as we wandered away from the fish market. It has been well preserved and its contents are well displayed. There were only a few other visitors while we were there so certainly one of the less crowded tourist spots in Catania. There is an elevator in the building to accommodate those people... More 

Thank Pat G
Province of Catania, Italy
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5 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 23, 2015

its really realy looking so good .behind of this castello urisino a lot of resturant.very good natural places

Thank nazmul2015
Belgrade, Serbia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 21, 2015

Castello Ursino in Catania and is one of about twenty places to visit. At first glance, the observed stability of the building, which was supposed to have and defensive purposes. It is interesting in this building that withstood the earthquake in the seventeenth century as well as the eruption of a volcano overlooking the city ie. Mount Etna. The castle... More 

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Belo Horizonte, MG
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2015

Just up the hill from Catania's Piazza Duomo, this is a nice, small museum, well worth the visit. When I was there in June, there was a special, Pablo Picasso exhibition going on. It was well organized and not overpowering, with just the right number of works to see. Other than that, on the ground floor, there are a few... More 

Thank Andy B
Hastings, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
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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