Castello Aragonese

Castello Aragonese, Taranto: Hours, Address, Castello Aragonese Reviews: 5/5

Castello Aragonese
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9:30 AM - 1:30 AM
Monday
9:30 AM - 1:30 AM
Tuesday
9:30 AM - 1:30 AM
Wednesday
9:30 AM - 1:30 AM
Thursday
9:30 AM - 1:30 AM
Friday
9:30 AM - 1:30 AM
Saturday
9:30 AM - 1:30 AM
Sunday
9:30 AM - 1:30 AM
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Masterpiece of the Italian renaissance military architecture that shows important remains of almost three thousand years of history. Free guided tours every day at : 0930-11.30-14.00-16.00-18.00-20.00-22.30-24.00-1.30
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Mira V
Smarje Pri Jelsah, Slovenia347 contributions
Sep 2021
The massive old castle is located right next to the drawing bridge allowing the entrance to the bay around which the town of Taranto has been built. The building itself is majestic, but it is its location that takes your breath away - wonderful views and a good spot for taking pictures.
Written November 1, 2021
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Gary J
60 contributions
Jul 2020 • Couples
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.
Written July 20, 2020
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Vadim
Murmansk, Russia21,605 contributions
Jul 2019
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.
Written March 22, 2020
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Reinhard S
Wiener Neustadt, Austria14 contributions
Jan 2020
...in a small space, Taranto is authentic and surrounded by good restaurants and attractions within walking distance.
Written February 12, 2020
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denise P
Miami, FL3 contributions
Dec 2019
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!
Written December 6, 2019
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ewa ko
5 contributions
Nov 2019 • Couples
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.
Written November 27, 2019
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Little Jenny
London, UK444 contributions
Jun 2019 • Couples
We were in Taranto on a cruise and we visited this lovely fort. It has some archaeological finds on display and a model of the town's swing bridge.
Written July 29, 2019
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386reginer
Zonhoven, Belgium45 contributions
Jul 2019 • Couples
This was a Very good tour guide . The Tour can be followed in English or italian language ( free) very interesting Castello. We loved it
Written July 23, 2019
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David S
Middlesbrough, UK1,273 contributions
Jul 2019 • Couples
Magnificent structure and free to enter. Preached high above the harbour and possessing amazing views, it's a joy to explore. Lots of restoration work going on but still plenty to see and admire. Truly wonderful sights to behold and admire.
Written July 21, 2019
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Glen F
Edmonton, Canada35 contributions
Jul 2019 • Couples
This was a free tour that we took advantage of for two hours. The tour guide explained everything in Italian and then English. He was easy to understand.
Written July 16, 2019
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