Castello Ursino (Sicilian: Casteddu Ursinu, lit. 'Bear Castle'), also known as Castello Svevo di Catania, is a castle in Catania, Sicily, southern Italy. It was built in the 13th century as a royal castle of the Kingdom of Sicily, and is mostly known for its role in the Sicilian Vespers, when it became the seat of the Sicilian Parliament. The castle is in good condition today, and it is open to the public as a museum.
Castello Ursino was built between 1239 and 1250, as one of the royal castles of Emperor Frederick II, King of Sicily, closing a chapter on the turbulent time in Sicily that followed the death of his predecessor, William II. Local lords had attempted to assert independence, and in 1220 Frederick II had ordered the destruction of all non-royal castles in Sicily. Castello Ursino was built to stress royal power as well as for the defence of the capital, and was considered impregnable at the time.
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John Courouble | Mar 2, 2018
I think we did this wrong somehow. The visit to the castle should be free with the Catania Pass, whereas we ended up paying five Euros each because there was a special exhibition on and seeing mostly the special exhibition we weren't really interested in, and not much else. Good collection of antique coins and some Greek pottery / epigraphs.
Saad Suri | Feb 22, 2018
One of the good place in catania. Lots of history and culture well preserved in the form of museum. It's a small castle but still worth visiting once you are in catania.
Edward Iacob | Oct 10, 2017
Lots of art inside. Historic on the outside, modern museum on the inside. Would have been best if it was preserved as a castle and not as an art museum. Was disappointed but it is good for art lovers. Also ac was bad and it was very hot and no fresh air.
Henri Huppert | Jan 24, 2018
Nice castle, but more of an art gallery. Audio guide was a great source of laughter.
Łukasz Warchoł | Nov 7, 2017
Too expensive. Paid 12 euro for watching mostly some paintings, few sculptures, almost nothing regarding history of the castle, nothing related to it or to the city, only some local painters.. Audioguide was only in Italian. Good that some deacriptions were in English. The best is to visit it from outside as it looks good. From one point you can see castle and Etna in bacground.
Paul Robillard | Mar 18, 2018
We were in the castle for the night of museums. Very nice. Timid collections but worth the visit of this well maintained castle.
P heanox | Mar 20, 2018
Great works of art inside an old Norman Castle. The inside tour is artwork, however, not a medieval Castle to explore.
Stephen Price | Apr 14, 2018
This was an unexpected and amazing experience. Extended by verious rulers this huge complex took me 4 hours exploring the many incredible buildings and imagining the builders and how they were used. Only saw less than a handful of visitors...no terrible group tourists with flags! Mostly restored by funding from EU countries so €5 charge is fair.
Assen Natchev | Apr 11, 2018
Good collection of paintings, statues and other historical artifacts. Worth visiting. Do not miss the small inside paved yard.
arnon navot | Apr 27, 2018
A must in Catania. Rich collection collection of Italian late medieval artist. The castle is huge and impressive. Nearby several typical Sicilian restaurants.
Vishoka Bala | May 17, 2018
Beautiful castle within city limits; worth walking around and to... pretty pricey to do a tour of the insides. (12€ a head).
Karen Hembrow | Jul 9, 2018
Only packet biscuits and small coffee available to eat as restaurant preparing for function. No information on castle displayed and a lot of castle not accessible. Site has a lot of potential but who ever is responsible is missing out and depriving community of information and tourism dollars. Walk up or down from castle also not open.
Kristiyan Angelov | Jul 9, 2018
Perfect example of 13th century castle. Still, better to look at from the outside, though there are few interesting artifacts in the collection inside.
Cheung Michael | Jul 5, 2018
It is worth a visit! But don’t like the idea that you need to deposit your passport or ID for a free audio guide!
Maria Spiteri | Jul 14, 2018
It's a beautiful castle.. apart from that the current exhibition is wonderful!
Junghoon HA | Aug 3, 2018
This museum cum gallery has NO AIR CONDITIONING!!!! Even in this sweltering summer. I couldn’t fathom whether this place was a place of exhibition or a place of torture. I was drenched in sweat after a walk around their exhibition. Catania really needs some improvements on maintaining adequate temperature in their major attractions.
Pavel Nevrkla | Jul 16, 2018
I expected great museum. It was awful. No concept, no logic. The best, epigraph collection, was last, when i was tired. Numismatic collection was mixed up with some textilie machines. Antic sculptures with medieval pictures. Curator of this museum must have been high...
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