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Address: Viale 25 Luglio, 73100, Lecce, Italy
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+39 0832 246517
9:30 am - 8:30 pm
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Interesting but mostly under renovation

I liked the rooms that we saw but it seems unfair to charge the full 5 euro when most of the castle is barricaded off for renovation.

Reviewed January 24, 2016
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Lauria, Italy
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72 reviews
33 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 50 helpful votes
Reviewed March 23, 2016

Paid five euros to see empty rooms decent panels but nothing else. Modern art section dreadful. Small exhibition on jews in Salento Awful waste of money and space.

Thank Stephen N
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11 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed January 24, 2016 via mobile

I liked the rooms that we saw but it seems unfair to charge the full 5 euro when most of the castle is barricaded off for renovation.

Thank AndreIbnBatuta
London, United Kingdom
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35 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
Reviewed October 31, 2015

Not a particularly interesting building and the tower was closed due to building works. We did not manage to find a viewing point in Lecce. The highlight, if that is the right word, was the torture museum, which was deeply shocking but made us think and providing talking points for some time afterwards.

Thank tim o
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972 reviews
470 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 450 helpful votes
Reviewed October 11, 2015

It was undergoing renovation both inside and out and in fact the exterior was mostly covered when we were there but we did tour waht was open inside and it was well worth it to see the enormous, even cavernous, rooms with exceptionally high ceilings. The was a very macabre exhibition of medieval torture instruments.

Thank PeterAZ
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85 reviews
44 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 74 helpful votes
Reviewed August 2, 2015

The other reviews for 2015 give a good impression of the current status of the building. It is not far from the Piazza S. Oronzo and will certainly be worth a visit when the building work is completed. Avoid at all costs the rather nasty associated Medieval Torture Museum - there is nothing to be gained from this. The papier-mâché... More 

1 Thank Helpmeimlost
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295 reviews
61 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 94 helpful votes
Reviewed July 9, 2015

There's a lot of digging going on here with excavation of the original Norman work in the middle of the central courtyard. The outside defensive walls are not currently visitable, so you are left with the palace building. That is a strange amalgam, with the historical explanations aimed at those with a profound interest in the buildings. Then there are... More 

1 Thank Whittlesford
Petersfield, United Kingdom
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39 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
Reviewed June 30, 2015

Inside the Castello Carlo V in Lecce is the Carta Pesta (papier-mâché figure sculptures) which was surprisingly informative about the technique, history and variety of these evocative artworks. Just across the courtyard is the actual Carlo V palace which included a temporary exhibition of modern art, Great sense of space in the rooms, could be put to better use in... More 

1 Thank Mike S
Canberra, Australia
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19 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed May 28, 2015

We wished we hadn't spent 11 euros to 'see' this castle. It was potentially very interesting old castle but there were very few open rooms, all with either modern art or an admittedly interesting exhibition on paper mâché statues. But it was essentially boring and nothing really to see and expensive for what they offered. Why not even tell us... More 

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Norwich, UK
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119 reviews
13 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 53 helpful votes
Reviewed May 21, 2015 via mobile

We paid 5.5€ to visit an empty building with some very poor art installation. I understand that it's being restored but it should still be possible to allow visitors a view from part of the battlements. It made us realise how lucky we are to have a customer friendly switched on organisation like the national trust in England.

Thank saryharris
Benfleet, United Kingdom
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55 reviews
8 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
Reviewed April 30, 2015

Visiting a historic city means you have to go to the castle. However, only a small part was open to the public when we went and most of that was taken up with the interesting papier mache museum. I found it strange in Lecce that attractions like this were not advertised, no sign outside giving opening times or admission costs.... More 

1 Thank royslater999

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