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Castello Carlo V

Viale 25 Luglio, 73100 Lecce, Italy
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Ranked #26 of 33 Attractions in Lecce
Type: Castles, Cultural
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Type: Castles, Cultural

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7 reviews 7 reviews
9 helpful votes 9 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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48 attraction reviews
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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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24 reviews 24 reviews
13 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014

To say we were disappointed would be an understatement, this was recommended as part of a planned day trip to Lecce. To say this was a castle attraction is completely false as you can see so very little of the structure. There are some exhibitions of religious art and paper mâché sculptures, which were interesting, but not what we were... More 

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38 reviews 38 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2014

The castle is fascinating only if one understands it's history. We took the guides tour to see the underground part which would only look like an empty tunnel and corridors if it want for the enthusiastic and passionate castle tour guide Fabio who's passionate about this castle and managed to bring the castle alive and convey it's history and story... More 

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2014

Really disappointing as most of the castle is closed off. The only parts open will literally take you 15 minutes to visit and they are just empty corridors. You won't get an idea of what the castle must have been like as nothing has been done to make the visit interesting and enticing. The paper mâché exhibition is ok but... More 

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Farnborough, Hampshire
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64 attraction reviews
51 helpful votes 51 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2014

Only the ground floor was open when we went and it took less than10 minutes to see it all. Very disappointing.

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The Hague, The Netherlands
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29 reviews 29 reviews
4 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2013

Puglia is strewn with castles and this sixteenth century specimen is nice. Given the fact that entrance is free, one may certain consider to visit the castle. However, lots of rooms are closed to the public, so it is definitely nothing spectacular.

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Milan, Italy
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2013

Another site you can't plan to see in the afternoon--closed, closed, closed!!! Not sure if it is worth waiting all afternoon to see. About the only way to see things in Lucce is to get up early or stay overnight there so you can hang around in the evening when things reopen.

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Brisbane, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 6, 2012

The exhibition I saw inside was great but the castle itself is the true attraction for me. So calming after a days walking the streets of Lecce. There was also a archeological excavation happening in the courtyard when I visited.

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Kendal, United Kingdom
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58 helpful votes 58 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 27, 2012

The entry is free and yet the quality of the exhibitions were first class. We enjoyed a painting exhibition, A novel set of displays including their links with the NE of England (Northumbria University), and the figures made from paper mache (Carpedestra). Quite astounding what can be achieved with such a medium.

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