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Castello Normanno Svevo, Bari

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Admire the blend of architecture and view the art exhibits at Castello Normanno Svevo, a massive castle with two looming towers from the original Norman structure. Frederick II built over the rest of the Norman castle, and the bastions were added in the 16th century during Spanish rule. Although the building has been destroyed and rebuilt since its initial construction, it still retains its grandeur and old charm. The space today houses museum-style exhibits, including displays of black-and-white photography. Also see replicas of Puglia's famous monuments and plaster casts of treasures found in the most important sights of Barri Vecchia. English signs are hard to find, so consider doing research before you go. Using our world travel planner, Bari attractions like Castello Normanno Svevo can form part of a personalized travel itinerary.
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  • As already indicate other previous reviews, the Castle externally looks impressive but, crossed the threshold, you're slightly disappointed. Of course, I was aware that not all areas are accessible to the public, but I was hoping that all areas visited were kept impeccably. I do not deny that there are interesting areas, but more control and decency as well as some illustrative sign more (especially in the Gipsoteca) wouldn't hurt.
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  • The castle is one of the assets of the Ministry of culture to visit for free the first Sunday of the month. From the outside the structure is impressive but the visit inside are not many and is only accessible on the ground floor and some parts of the basement. The Interior is not among the most beautiful and fascinating castles, but the Museum also has a collection of plaster casts, the only one that I saw in Puglia, where you can see the architectural details of cathedrals of Puglia.
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  • This castle is just on the edge of Old Town Bari and is one of the highlights of a trip here. Heartily recommend this attraction. So much wonderful history in the quaint Old Town.  more »
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  • Do not pay to enter this Castle. It's really nice from the outside, must see, but they steal your money with the ticket, everything is closed to the public. You cannot go inside the towers, you cannot walk around, you are only allowed in 2 rooms.
  • Historically it's significance can't be ignored though the current method of presenting this needs work. Entry costs 3 euro for adults.
  • Really boring from inside. We had to pay 3 euros and you basically see nothing.
  • A nice castle directly from the past centuries
  • Cool castle! Great view!