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Gary J wrote a review Jul 2020
60 contributions55 helpful votes
The Castle is one of the most scenic parts of Taranto old town and it's lovely to either wander through it or look across at it from one of the street Cafe's.
Date of experience: July 2020
Vadim wrote a review Mar 2020
Murmansk, Russia17,572 contributions1,986 helpful votes
The first castle on this site was built by the Byzantines in 780. It was quite different from the current one: tall narrow towers like those of the originally decorative Neuschwanstein. The castle was intended for protection from the Venetians and Saracens. Before the invention of artillery, the shape of the castle was adequate. The progress of artillery required reducing the height of the towers and making them round to reduce the destructive power of the cores with the possibility of rebounding. The name of the castle speaks for itself, who rebuilt it - the Aragonese under king Ferdinand of Aragon in 1486. Although the construction was supervised by an Italian military engineer-Francesco Di Giorgio Martini. The defense perimeter consisted of 7 towers. Three towers protected the inner perimeter, 4 formed a closed quadrangle. Each of the towers received a name. Devout Aragonese Christians gave them the religious names of San Cristofalo, San Lorenzo, and the Virgin Annunziata (Ascended). Only one was given the military name of the Banner tower. The castle was equipped with two exits with two drawbridges. One led to the old city, the another one to the present-day new Taranto, which was then a rural area, for all the population that had been thinned out by Saracen raids could easily fit on the island. 5 years before, the Aragonese dug a canal that is now spanned by a drawbridge. By the way, a model of the bridge-a miracle of Italian engineering already in the XIX century-is available in the castle. Under the Habsburgs from the beginning of the XVIII century, the castle lost its military significance and began to be used as a prison,briefly returning to its former function during the Napoleonic Neapolitan Republic. The official name of this castle is the same as the Roman one - Castel Sant'Angelo. But if the Roman castle of St. Angelo submitted to me, its counterpart in Taranto does not. Although we spent half a day and two evenings in Taranto, it was closed during the day, and in the evening there was either a concert or an official reception. It is clear that we did not get there or here. However, the castle offers guided tours. The schedule says from 09.30. up to 03.00. At night !!!. In English, French, German, Spanish and, of course, Italian.…
Date of experience: July 2019
Reinhard S wrote a review Feb 2020
Wiener Neustadt, Austria14 contributions1 helpful vote
...in a small space, Taranto is authentic and surrounded by good restaurants and attractions within walking distance.
Date of experience: January 2020
denise P wrote a review Dec 2019
Miami, Florida3 contributions1 helpful vote
I really enjoyed my visit to the castle. I learned many important facts about the history of Taranto. It was free admission and there are tours which in my case, was very informative. One of the many important things you can see is that the castle has one interior wall which has retained the colors of the era. You can definitely see Medieval and Bizzantine stone work there. Definitely a not to miss site! …
Date of experience: December 2019
ewa ko wrote a review Nov 2019
3 contributions2 helpful votes
Did not expect a lot, we went there just to kill some time but experience was great! Tour is around 1 hour in Italian but guide translated the most important information to English.
Date of experience: November 2019