Il Castello Ducale

Il Castello Ducale, Ceglie Messapica: Address, Phone Number, Il Castello Ducale Reviews: 4/5

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sophie g
Oxford, UK15 contributions
Mid Restauration
Jun 2019 • Solo
There's scaffolding round the main tower, but you can still stroll into the main courtyard. And although there is currently no signposting, you can head up the main staircase to visit the Pinacotecca, the art gallery housing 10 paintings by local-born artist Emilio Notte. The huge crucifiction is stunning.
Written June 23, 2019
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Bikenut05
Naples, Italy120 contributions
just a quick stop
May 2018 • Family
Ceglie is one of those towns you always just drive by. Take the time to stop and see the historic area including the castle and the beautiful churches. worth stop.
Written May 25, 2018
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Phil O
Bolton, UK1,849 contributions
Castello Ducale visit
Oct 2017 • Couples
We went to Ceglie Messapica a beautiful town and came across the castle near the cathedrale in the old part of the town . As we walked in escorted by a local policeman trying to help us we were introduced to Pietro who was the curator & a member of the original family & he told us a lot about the history of the castle .It is now a library & art exhibition but still worth a look
Written October 13, 2017
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Terry H
11 contributions
A pleasant surprise.
Sep 2017 • Couples
We just popped into the Castello on a ramble around the borgo in Ceglie and were pleased to see that there was an art exhibition on. The building is beautifully restored and it's good to see it being used for a community cause. The young man behind the library desk was knowledgeable and more than helpful in describing the different displays in each of the five rooms as well as recommending other places to visit in Ceglie.
Written September 13, 2017
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Alan201025
Brighton, UK61 contributions
Probably not worth the detour
Aug 2017 • Family
Despite its allegedly acclaimed Norman tower - which you cannot access, only look at - the Castello Ducale is the pinnacle of Ceglie's architecture... trouble is, it's a very low pinnacle. Housing the town's library it's a practical space with an art exhibition area attached. Uninteresting to children and scarcely worth a detour for adults.
Written August 21, 2017
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Grivola
Ottawa, Canada610 contributions
What You See is the Town Library
Apr 2017 • Friends
The castle tower is old and still intact but when you climb the stairs you access the town's library and municipal meeting hall. People are in there working their laptops. In spite of that it's interesting to see a number of 300 year old books on display and a number of dusty hard covers from years gone by on the shelves. Keep walking and you come across a high ceilinged hall with renovated roof trusses to find the town council meeting room. Nice to see historic buildings still in use in these old towns. Costs nothing to enter. Watch for a guy who claims to live in a room on the ground floor claiming to be the sole remaining survivor of the castle keep's family and pushing his paintings for a living. I have no idea if that't true or not.
Written April 20, 2017
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KatonRich
London, UK18 contributions
A gem in a lovely town not often mentioned in guide books
Oct 2016 • Couples
We stopped off in Ceglie Messapica for a coffee and stroll en route to Taranto. Absolutely loved the town, particularly its snaking passageways and white buildings. It's a great place to wander, which is what brought us to the old castle. Inside the gate you see close up the extraordinary Norman tower and the Renaissance palace that was built around it. The space has recently been turned into a cultural centre and it has been done incredibly well. The rooms inside are a delight – try to get to the balcony that looks onto the private gardens if you can, and onto the front balcony that looks onto the church. They had on an excellent exhibition of works by futurist painter Emilio Notte. The library has some wonderful old manuscripts and a good selection of modern works. If you're staying nearby you should also find out what concerts and events are coming up.
Written October 3, 2016
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Smoothguide
Clapham, London204 contributions
Worth a little look
Sep 2016 • Couples
Took a look in as the nice girl in the Tourist Information office pointed it out and noted it was free ... friendly guy ushered us in and directed us to a rather interesting modern art exhibition that happened to be on ... didn't stay long but it had a nice relaxed and genuine feel about it.
Written September 25, 2016
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Hilde V
Wuustwezel, Belgium31 contributions
Beautiful but in need of some TLC
Jun 2015
we walked in unaware that there was a castle in Ceglie and were really pleasantly surprised. The central courtyard is really beautiful!
Written May 4, 2016
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Walking_Scot
Edinburgh, UK268 contributions
Well worth a visit
Oct 2015 • Friends
It's a bit of a climb up through the old town to the castle but the trip is worth it for the Norman tower alone. The whole complex has obviously seen better days but it still gives the impression of strength and power, as well as terrific views over the landscape. Beware the poor man who hovers at the bottom of the lovely stone staircase and presents himself as your guide for the sum of €1 each. He is not authorised and the real guide upstairs gives you an enthusiastic and informative tour in broken English (a bit of Italian helps).
Written October 18, 2015
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