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Museo Civico Castello Ursino, Catania

(3.8/5 based on 440+ reviews on the web)
A massive castle in the center of Catania, Museo Civico Castello Ursino offers a medieval experience just feet from the sand-studded sea. Built around the year 1250 as one of the royal castles of Emperor Frederick II, King of Sicily, it is one of the few buildings in Catania to have survived the earthquake of 1693. When first built, the castle held a strategic military position overlooking the sea on a cliff, but due to volcanic eruptions and earthquakes, it is now 1 km (3,000 ft) inland. Inside, you can visit the Catania Civic Museum, which displays artwork and artifacts from the castle as well as the Catania area. These works represent the diverse influences throughout Sicilian history. See Museo Civico Castello Ursino and all Catania has to offer by arranging your trip with our Catania tourist route planner.
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  • The presence of an exhibition and the Museum does not distract from the magnificence of this well preserved and rich in history. You can visit each level and each inner and outer space
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  • Located in the city centre, is a magnificent Castle, full of towers and with massive walls. The Civic Museum is interesting and allows you to visit the site.
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  • Catania is just immense. A city that rests on a reality that's a work of art, a live Nativity scene of daily life but who drags a reality ' old ', as if part of that world was left untouched in its tradition, in his action. And that's not you notice of "all good things" that there is everywhere and that acts as a stage, scenario, of this world, like the Ursino Castle. I went to visit the exhibition Antonio Ligabue that itself seemed an oddity that naive works of one's Swiss/reggiano ' were landed in Sicily, Catania! And yet ... However, in addition to those works, there were other, more and more I salivate you surprised that Castle, more salons ' around '. The use of the castle: exhibitions of works of art, and you realize that that idea, as well as the implementation of that idea of exhibitions, it's really brilliant. On the other hand, those salons so large you can find only in a Palace, in a castle. The vision of the castle outside: beautiful, impressive, solicitor of reflections on the attacks that had to suffer on the living history. Then, in the ' inner garden, the writings on the walls of the prisoners ... who simply put tell of their fate. A garden without land but with some plant set in stone ... that lives and grows because it takes water from underground ... A sincere thanks to the organization which allowed that wealth.
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  • Great castle which was on a peninsula surrounded by the sea, now firmly in the middle of the city due to volcanic activity. The yard was used as a prison and had the graffiti to show for it.
  • Fun, interesting artwork. Not a lot of stuff about the castle though.
  • Thanks to many exhibitions this place emerge as one of the most significant places in Catania.
  • Interesting exhibition mixed with permanent collection
  • I hadn't done my research. I was hoping for a castle and its history but this is actually an art gallery in a castle! If you're looking for modern art I'm sure you will enjoy. If you're looking for a castle I'd steer clear!!