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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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  • My wife and I visited the Castello Ursino in Catania with some friends during a two-week vacation in Sicily. It is located in the Piazza Federico di Svevia, a short walk from the Cathedral. It is a de...  more »
  • The Castle is the most extensive monument of medieval Catania and we were prepared to enjoy its stern stronghold fortifications. What we had not expected was the wonderfully diffuse collection of pain...  more »
  • Well worth visiting. For only 3 euros not only do you get to see a collection of historical paintings and artifacts, but you can also access a viewing point from which you can see Etna.  more »
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  • The civic gallery is good but we really appreciated the temporary photography exhibition at the last floor, so my advise is to check out what temporary exhibit they have when visiting.
  • Plenty of art and artifacts, but little that I found really interesting. Mostly unremarkable religious art from the middle ages, but the few paintings of the lives of regular Sicilian people were interesting.
  • More a expensive dark art museum than a tourist attraction. No harmony between the monument and exposition. Not my cup of tea.
  • A civic museum, Castello Ursino, which is a medieval castle itself. I really enjoyed a variety of precious collections. It was more than I expected.
  • A museum of mostly old pictures and other relicts. Only italian descriptions. At least there was a small Warhol exhibition on the top floor and a good view over the city. The castle itself is not worth the visit.