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Address: Viale 25 Luglio, 73100 Lecce, Italy
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There's a lot of digging going on here with excavation of the original Norman work in the middle of the central courtyard. The outside defensive walls are not currently... read more

3 of 5 starsReviewed July 9, 2015
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Cambridge
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 64 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2015

There's a lot of digging going on here with excavation of the original Norman work in the middle of the central courtyard. The outside defensive walls are not currently visitable, so you are left with the palace building. That is a strange amalgam, with the historical explanations aimed at those with a profound interest in the buildings. Then there are... More 

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Petersfield, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015

Inside the Castello Carlo V in Lecce is the Carta Pesta (papier-mâché figure sculptures) which was surprisingly informative about the technique, history and variety of these evocative artworks. Just across the courtyard is the actual Carlo V palace which included a temporary exhibition of modern art, Great sense of space in the rooms, could be put to better use in... More 

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sydney
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2015

We wished we hadn't spent 11 euros to 'see' this castle. It was potentially very interesting old castle but there were very few open rooms, all with either modern art or an admittedly interesting exhibition on paper mâché statues. But it was essentially boring and nothing really to see and expensive for what they offered. Why not even tell us... More 

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Norwich, UK
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2015

We paid 5.5€ to visit an empty building with some very poor art installation. I understand that it's being restored but it should still be possible to allow visitors a view from part of the battlements. It made us realise how lucky we are to have a customer friendly switched on organisation like the national trust in England.

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Benfleet, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 30, 2015

Visiting a historic city means you have to go to the castle. However, only a small part was open to the public when we went and most of that was taken up with the interesting papier mache museum. I found it strange in Lecce that attractions like this were not advertised, no sign outside giving opening times or admission costs.... More 

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West Hallam
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 24, 2015

The rain was constant when we visited Lecce in March, so anything indoors had to be worth considering. The castle, which is close to the centre of town, was certainly worth a visit, though several parts of it were being renovated at the time. Several rooms were open to the public, and the papier mache exhibits were not at all... More 

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Amman, Jordan
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed March 14, 2015

Paid 5euros each to see a renewable castle in a modern way with unrelated paints and art,you only go to a one side of the castel no chance to go on the walls or roof. Which really was disappointing.. no signs and no one inside to guide you we were looking to the historcal part and the story behind this... More 

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Toronto, Canada
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed January 8, 2015

This castle, recently restored, may be interesting. However, the total lack of indications, signs, information about its history, combined with the incompetence of the staff at the ticket office, made this a very disappointing experience. When we visited, after sundown, half of the rooms were in complete darkness, possibly empty, certainly dangerous - and no staff. Complaining at the ticket... More 

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St. Ives, United Kingdom
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3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed September 21, 2014 via mobile

Paid 7euros to see castle with little to see,no chance to go on the walls or roof. What really was disgusting was a display of "art" which was worse than Damien Hirst. Avoid unless you are desperate.

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Sydney, Australia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 77 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2014

When we went to see the Castle there were a number of exhibitions in the castle including a Passolini one. They were fantastic. The general castle material is really interesting but only if you have an interest in the world around you. I knew nothing about the papier mache industry of the area before visiting and it was actually fascinating!... More 

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Address: Viale 25 Luglio, 73100 Lecce, Italy
Location: Europe  >  Italy  >  Puglia  >  Province of Lecce  >  Lecce

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