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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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  • I love this castle. It's wonderful and it's in the old town, near other beautiful locations. Morover, it's free !  more »
  • It is well organised, interesting, detailed and free. You can see the system which moves the bridge, too.  more »
  • The castle is a marine working fort. The marines took us round in groups and showed us the best bits. They were very friendly and helpful with questions. The only downside was the groups were 40 stron...  more »
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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.