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Castello Aragonese, Taranto

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Castle Tourist Spot
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. Make Castello Aragonese part of your personalized Taranto itinerary using our Taranto vacation route planner.
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  • Guarded and with attention to every detail I spent a very pleasant evening accompanied by a guide extremely prepared. I suggest you visit it at night because you create a fairytale atmosphere with lights that highlight the beauty of the Castle.
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  • Perfect example of military architecture as a history book, from antiquity to the present day. The guide is a military of the Italian Navy, competent, well prepared and very personable. We found a great treasure in the history of Italy, we tasted and we came out enriched not only beauty, but also for further healthy patriotism. And the visit is free of charge, 365 days a year, to distant times two hours and for groups. Must see!!
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  • The castle is very nice and the visit is interesting and well made, led by an officer of the Navy. The tour duration is approximately 90 minutes, with a wide choice of schedules, daytime and evening. to do!
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  • This castle is a dominant of this seaside town. Good to know that you will get free guided tour organized by local navy :)
  • Amazing free tour of the castle by the Italian navy... very worth the visit.
  • Beautiful! And the guide was really really good. If you have a chance to go don't miss it! Best part is not the beginning of the visit though. Sometimes they also have some interesting exhibitions.
  • Great view on historical place, unfortunately closed when I walked around
  • Free tour around what appears to be a very interesting castle. The tourist office said they would be in Italian and English. There was no English, and the Italian explanations went on for an exceedingly long time. There are a few signs in English and German you can read as you go around but after 20 mins I had only seen one sign, was extremely bored so left to catch a train. First tour I have left, after checking there is no English tours.

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