Castello Aragonese, Taranto

The castle Castello Aragonese dominates the center of the craggy island of Ischia. Walk through a tunnel or take an elevator to the entrance. The sturdy walls here once protected the island's small population from pirate raids. However, Hiero I of Syracuse built it in 474 BCE long before the threat of pirates. Inside the tunnel is a chapel dedicated to St. John Joseph of the Cross, the island's patron saint. Walk or take a public bus to access the island via a stone bridge built by Alfonso V. Plan a trip to Taranto easily and quickly by telling Inspirock to suggest an itinerary.
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  • The castle is very impressive especially in the late afternoon, but what most impressed us are the countless hours for the visit, later in the evening. I recommend having a stroll along the Harbour, sirens on the rocks and the aragonese Castle.
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  • The Castle, imposing and very well maintained, is certainly one of the most visited attractions in the beautiful Taranto. Admission is free and the visit was made extremely interesting thanks to the professionalism of the excellent guide who accompanied us. It is conveniently located near the city centre and close to the "swing bridge", another major positive symbol of this beautiful city.
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  • been there several times, because I accompanied foreign colleagues see it, part of the castle is still in use by the Navy, in fact as a guide is naval personnel, if necessary you can take English help always, Navy interesting historical stratification, even from a military point of view. In one of the towers there is a well where you can still see the hydraulic pumps that movimentavano the swing bridge. Often in summer in the parade take place several initiatives of various kinds music theatre etc etc. In short, it's worth it, they are all very kind and well worth it considering that then it's free
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  • This castle has an amazing history. The free guided tour by a member of the Navy is very interesting. Our guide was extremely knowledgeable and passionate about history. We had no problem parking right outside the castle (however it is low season, February). I really recommend a visit here!
  • Well maintained and in good condition. Nice views from top floors. Inside castle lot's of rooms is closed from public view so not too much to see. Bigger part of castle is taken as a army office or something like that. What a shame :(
  • Taranto is a struggling modern city with a rich history in centuries past. Time has taken a serious toll on their monuments and ancient dwellings, but the citizens are friendly and the cuisine is still kicking.
  • Amazing castle, went on the free tour with Donato from the NAvy, fascinating structure the whole of the history of Taranto is wrapped up in this Castle, from Greeks to Modern times, well worth 50 mins.
  • Amazing place, friendly people and totally free!
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