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Castello Aragonese e Museo Archeologico Castro

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Castello Aragonese e Museo Archeologico Castro

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Via Sant'Antonio 1 Piazza Armando Perotti, 73030 Castro Italy
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Lecce , Otranto and Castro tour
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Lecce , Otranto and Castro tour

Visit Lecce, the Florence of the South renowned for it's stunning baroque architecture. Otranto is a seaside town famous for it's Cathedral containing fantastic mosaics and for its castle. Castro is a small, sleepy fishing town with stunning views over the sea and a tranquil piazza, a great place for a coffee .
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Shuki Y wrote a review Aug 2019
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Examplary local museum of local very unique and important finds of the Troyan heritage of Castro. Proffessional guided lnstructor. Remarkable.
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Date of experience: August 2019
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puf324 wrote a review Mar 2019
Lecce, Italy25 contributions9 helpful votes
In this very well kept little museum on a great spot, you can meet the history of the greek colonies in western Puglia, the myth of the Troyan war and de greatest literature ever written: Vergilius.
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Date of experience: March 2019
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maltese632017 wrote a review Mar 2019
Norwich, United Kingdom1,141 contributions168 helpful votes
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It is set in a beautiful location towering above the bay on top of a giant cliff top surrounded by the ancient town of Castro which is perched around it. The view from the battlements is spectacular in every direction. The museum is small but fascinating roaming its way back through the sites incredible and ancient history. Occupied since stone age times it has artefacts which date back thousands and thousands of years, unearthed from the site. The current Aragonese castle dates back to the 12th - 13th century and was built on the remains of the Byzantine fortress. In 1480 , following the looting of Otranto, the city was invaded by the Turks and the castle was semi-destroyed. It was rebuilt by the feudal Lords, the noble family of Gattinara and subsequently the Spanish viceroy of Naples Don Pedro de Toledo further strengthened its fortifications. The sight is supported by archeological evidence taken from the Greek, Roman, Norman, Ottoman and Aragonese periods! Very friendly staff who are very keen to tell you the history of this magnificent landmark!
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Date of experience: March 2019
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DavidRJohnston wrote a review Sep 2018
Hinton, United Kingdom98 contributions63 helpful votes
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...will be famous to any familiar with Purcell or Homer's Iliad. This is where myth meets history. Really. 6th - 3rd century bc, Troy, etc. Written up in 1st century Bc, but the unearthing of a Persian dressed Athena here is profound. No tilted back Hoplite helmet (yet), but warrior goddess nonetheless. Aeneas landed here after Troy and before Dido, and the archaeological link between Homers myth and real history is profound in the nature of the hilltop temple set out here. We found this place shut to all but the persistent. Guarded almost. Good historical presentations and a fantastic guide who opened more and more gems as we showed more understanding and interest. The small bronze after the impressive Leccese stone torso speaks volumes. Sure there's good Neolithic, Bronze age, etc too, but when you can hear the Iliad oars creak, why look further. The whole site is a secret gem, for now. The Spartans were here. And it shows. The sacred site is special as the Athenian temple was overwritten by the Minervan, then Byzantine (remnants still visible) and now a warm working catholic church. This has none of the taint of Otranto's sacrifice remaining. Rarely do you find such continuity and warmth still in place so genuinely ancient. Two and a half thousand years, 'ancient'. Yes. Off the beaten track; yes, worth it. Yes, the local ice cream is superb. But any student of the original Homer, has to see this. Doh! The coast from Leuca to Otranto and especially Castelo is fantastic. Maybe a poor man's Amalfi, but worth it nonetheless. Cycle or hire a car for that alone.
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Date of experience: September 2018
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Aussies11 wrote a review Dec 2017
Montelparo, Italy4,565 contributions308 helpful votes
We joined a guided tour here which included commentary, a video, then walking through the Castello, the archeological displays and the rooftop. As the last discovery (torso of the goddess Athena) was made in 2015, it was very interesting to hear the lead up to the discovery and then to see the torso displayed in the museum. The guide Maria was very knowledgeable and patient with other visitors coming through while she was talking. The Museum is small and the castle has had numerous conquerors who have of course modified and changed some of the interiors and exteriors. The panorama from the rooftop was fantastic, and the scale of the castle's domination can truly be appreciated from that vantage point.
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Date of experience: December 2017
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