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Museo Civico Castello Ursino, Catania

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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 Museum is located within the old Castle. There are paintings of all the centuries but also sculptures. The framework is pretty nice. You will find everything at the top of most modern works. Good Museum for those who loves painting.
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  • Ursino Castle Museum nice both from outside than inside. I went to this Museum in April 2017, and there was an exhibition of Andy Warhol really interesting =)
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  • A welcome surprise, a highly publicized but not worthy of museum visit for 2 hours of culture and beauty. Truly beautiful paintings. Well-organized Museum worthy of more reports
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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!!