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Museo Civico Castello Ursino, Catania
(3.8/5 based on 420+ 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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TripAdvisor
  • astounding level of "cultural layer" around the Castle. And the fact that he was on the shore and now to the sea not dotopat' ... Dark grave construction
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  • the castle is a well mantenyta and not far from the duomo. currently hosting a show on folly edited by v. sgarbi. I recommend veisitarla, deserves so much. the staff, as reported in the other reviews, it's ne'er-do-well: all sitting in angolin with cell in hand. There is a bookshop really cute and access to the monument is allowed to the disabled. you are charged different types d tickets; mine was reduced only because I have the ikea card. There are many conventions.
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  • Didn't fancy paying 10 euro. The entrance area has some interesting artefacts, including some Hebrew inscriptions. Also a shop with a wide range of items. Impressive building with a nice courtyard in ...  more »
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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!!