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. Plan to visit Museo Civico Castello Ursino during your Catania vacation using our convenient Catania tour itinerary planner .
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  • A place rich in history that it's worth seeing, especially from outside. The interiors are well kept and the visit is worth only if there are exhibitions
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  • Visit on the occasion of the exhibition "from Giotto to De Chirico-hidden treasures". Sadly lacking any road signs to get there from the Centre. However staff at the ticket office
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  • A castle as are children. Massive, square with towers at the four corners, we need this castle to Frédéric II. Ideal setting for exposure of Giotto has Chirico, a vast panorama of Italian painting, a few great masters, strangers, Sicilian painters. Add two or three traces of Jewish life in Sicily before the expulsion. We have spent hours in this museum. A bit tired, we went to the top of the Castle. A small café on the Distributor, a door ajar and glare. The panorama of the city, caressed by the Sun Golden this winter day and if close, Etna, massive, snow white and steaming gently towards the West. Still more formidable than exposure
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  • This was an unexpected and amazing experience. Extended by verious rulers this huge complex took me 4 hours exploring the many incredible buildings and imagining the builders and how they were used. Only saw less than a handful of visitors...no terrible group tourists with flags! Mostly restored by funding from EU countries so €5 charge is fair.
  • We were in the castle for the night of museums. Very nice. Timid collections but worth the visit of this well maintained castle.
  • Good collection of paintings, statues and other historical artifacts. Worth visiting. Do not miss the small inside paved yard.
  • I think we did this wrong somehow. The visit to the castle should be free with the Catania Pass, whereas we ended up paying five Euros each because there was a special exhibition on and seeing mostly the special exhibition we weren't really interested in, and not much else. Good collection of antique coins and some Greek pottery / epigraphs.
  • One of the good place in catania. Lots of history and culture well preserved in the form of museum. It's a small castle but still worth visiting once you are in catania.
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