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Castello Normanno Svevo

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Address: Piazza Federico II di Svevia, 4, 70122, Bari, Italy
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The castle is surrounded by a moat on all sides, except the northern section, which was bordering the sea and can be accessed from the bridge and the gate on the southern side. It... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
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Utrecht, The Netherlands
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

You can not climb up the stairs and overlook the city of Bari. The Castle is almost empty and after max 15 min you are out on the street again...

Thank CeeEst
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

The castle is surrounded by a moat on all sides, except the northern section, which was bordering the sea and can be accessed from the bridge and the gate on the southern side. It is mainly composed of the Aragon walls and the main Swabian tower, and is currently used for exhibitions. The castle borders the old town of Bari... More 

Thank Dimitar D
Hong Kong, China
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 9, 2017 via mobile

There was not much to see inside, when I went the first floor was being renovated so it was only the museum part and the excavation. The castle on the outside is very beautiful so it makes it worth the visit; so if your are around I would recommend it. The entrance is not expensive and it won't take you... More 

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Minsk, Belarus
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 12, 2016

One of the most attractive things in Bari. This castle was built by Sicilian king Roger II in 1132. Look at this extraordinary architecture style.

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Sofia, Bulgaria
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 25, 2016

You should see this if you're in Bari because it's interesting castle from Norman times in Puglia, but it's not too interesting. We couldn't see the second floor, since there were some renovations.

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 62 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 24, 2016

Not far from the main square lies this ancient castle, recently refurbished to a very high standard. Built by Frederick the second, renowned for his two friendly crusades to Jerusalem, and builder of several other castles in Puglia. Unfortunately most of the written material is only in Italian. The castle now houses the very important Museo Nazionale Archeologico di Gioia... More 

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Milan, Italy
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 15, 2016

The castle could be much nicer if entirely open. Only one floor is visitable, the rest is under restoration but there was nobody working on it. I spent in total 20min in there, counting the bookshop. In my opinion the walls could be the nicest part if they were open, maybe with a bar on the terrace. I hope they... More 

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Porto, Portugal
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 49 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 21, 2016

This castle has an exposition inside of artifacts from back in the era of national wars with other cities. It is also a place for you to check out local architecture, not only from the walls on the outside to protect from sieges, but also pillars fancily ornamented

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Antwerp, Belgium
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 19, 2016

Unfortunately, most of the castle was closed and it took us about 20-25 minutes walking through it. This included watching about 10 minutes of the most boring history documentary of this castle. No, Bari got this all wrong and needs to go back to the drawing board. When it is finished and ready for tourists it may be worthwhile, up... More 

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Warsaw, Poland
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 11, 2016

I spend there 1.5 wandering around the castle with the audioguide (I recommend taking it!) . Th place is very interesting from the historical point of view. It contains a fascinating collection of masterpieces of mason works form across the Apulia as well as nice models of other castles. Some of the part of the castle were closed (it is,... More 

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