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Castello Aragonese, Taranto

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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. Start your trip to Taranto by creating a personalized itinerary on Inspirock.
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  • The Castle is one of the most scenic parts of Taranto old town and it's lovely to either wander through it or look across at it from one of the street Cafe's.  more »
  • The first castle on this site was built by the Byzantines in 780. It was quite different from the current one: tall narrow towers like those of the originally decorative Neuschwanstein. The castle...  more »
  • ...in a small space, Taranto is authentic and surrounded by good restaurants and attractions within walking distance.  more »
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  • Very interesting and quite spectacular site to visit. The guide explanations were very clear, fascinating and insightful and very interesting. It is incredible that such site can be visited free of charge. Make sure to make time to visit when in Taranto
  • Impressive fort and prison. Such a rich history. Our guide did his best to explain the history in Italian and English but it was very hot, there were many chatty children and too much information. Wish we had an audio tour option.
  • A nice guy from Navy made a tour (all in Italian) just for two of us at evening! For free! Very interesting and there’s a lot to see.
  • Visited with my kids and we enjoyed a lot. Really kind military staff from the Taranto marine guided us on a tour inside this impressive castel and its most incredible secrets. Congratulations on such interesting view of Taranto!
  • If you are in Taranto, you should definitely go see the castle. The castle is on the island which is the old city and pretty much the coolest thing to see there, as the old city itself is rather dilapidated. The entrance is free and you will be joined to a guided tour, which takes place every hour or so. The guided tour is held by a navy person that is assigned to the castle, since the castle itself belongs to the military. The tour is quite informative and takes you through the history and current affairs of the castle. If you liked the visit, do not tip the guide, as they are not allowed to take tips, rather donate to the "friends of the castle" association, which uses the funds for maintenance and repairs. The tour we had was in Italian, French and English and we absolutely loved our guide. Highly recommended

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