Trip Planner:   Europe  /  Italy  /  Puglia  /  Province of Taranto  /  Taranto  /  Historic Sites  /  Castello Aragonese

Castello Aragonese, Taranto

(4.7/5 based on 1,400+ reviews on the web)
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.
Create a full Taranto itinerary
map

Plan your trip to Taranto

  • Get a personalized plan

    A complete day-by-day itinerary
    based on your preferences
  • Customize it

    Refine your plan. We'll find the
    best routes and schedules
  • Book it

    Choose from the best hotels
    and activities. Up to 50% off
  • Manage it

    Everything in one place.
    Everyone on the same page.

Plans in Taranto by other users

15 days in Puglia BY A USER FROM ROMANIA June, kids, beaches, historic sites, popular PREFERENCES: June, kids, beaches, historic sites ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 22 days in Puglia, Amalfi Coast & Rome BY A USER FROM CANADA July, kids, popular PREFERENCES: July, kids ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 6 days in Puglia BY A USER FROM MALTA April, teens, kids, culture, outdoors, relaxing, historic sites, shopping, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: April, teens, kids, culture, outdoors, relaxing, historic sites, shopping ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Medium 8 days in Puglia BY A USER FROM BELGIUM September, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, museums, hidden gems PREFERENCES: September, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, museums ATTRACTION STYLE: Hidden gems PACE: Medium 10 days in Puglia BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES September, culture, outdoors, relaxing, beaches, historic sites, shopping, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: September, culture, outdoors, relaxing, beaches, historic sites, shopping ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Medium 6 days in Matera & Puglia BY A USER FROM UNITED KINGDOM April, relaxing, beaches, slow & easy, popular PREFERENCES: April, relaxing, beaches ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Slow & easy 18 days in Venice & Puglia BY A USER FROM SOUTH AFRICA August, popular PREFERENCES: August ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 9 days in Puglia BY A USER FROM UNITED KINGDOM July, hidden gems PREFERENCES: July ATTRACTION STYLE: Hidden gems PACE: Medium 9 days in Puglia BY A USER FROM UNITED KINGDOM July, popular PREFERENCES: July ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 21 days in Puglia BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES September, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, hidden gems PREFERENCES: September, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches ATTRACTION STYLE: Hidden gems PACE: Medium 8 days in Puglia & Verona BY A USER FROM UNITED KINGDOM May, slow & easy, hidden gems PREFERENCES: May ATTRACTION STYLE: Hidden gems PACE: Slow & easy 15 days in Puglia BY A USER FROM LEBANON July, popular PREFERENCES: July ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium
View more plans
Reviews
TripAdvisor
  • No you can say much more. Is a visit that if have time certainly must do. Better find out hours before to not wait. And you are going with a guide who will be commenting on you during the visit. And used to get ripped off at all these places that were free was a surprise. Recommended.
    View original
  • Castle kept very bane by the Navy. You can visit for free and there are guides that accompany you throughout the tour. All ancient.
    View original
  • Back to the castle for the second time, in the evening. Our guide (the Navy) explained with patience and sympathy the story of the Castle over the centuries. Fascinating to discover how any construction site on which still reveal signs of the past, but also the view of the Canal and the drawbridge illuminated by streetlights worth. The duration of the tour is about an hour and, by the very nature of the Castle and of the route, between narrow passages and stairs, you must wear comfortable shoes with rubber sole
    View original
Google
  • 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