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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. Make Castello Aragonese part of your personalized Taranto itinerary using our Taranto vacation route planner.
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  • Superb guided tour to the castle of Taranto. The Navy guides are passionate and exciting and make us travel through the rich history of Taranto.
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  • To defend the city from the Turkish threat, built by Frederick of Aragon. Quadrangular on 4 towers, was imprisoned and by 1887 the headquarters of the Navy. Inside the chapel of San Leonardo.
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  • Thanks to the Italian Navy, today you can visit the Aragonese castle and I can assure you that it is a unique experience for those arriving in the city, you will also understand the importance of the Mar Piccolo and its sources of spring water.
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  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Nice looking castle. Not much to see inside, just few paintings. Rather better outside than inside though.
  • Free tours every 2 hours (or 2 1/2 hours) led by an Italian military service member, and if that's not enough, the views from the top of the castle are totally worth it.
  • Nice place