Museo Civico Castello Ursino, Catania

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A massive castle in the center of Catania, Museo Civico Castello Ursino offers a medieval experience just feet from the sand-studded sea. Built around the year 1250 as one of the royal castles of Emperor Frederick II, King of Sicily, it is one of the few buildings in Catania to have survived the earthquake of 1693. When first built, the castle held a strategic military position overlooking the sea on a cliff, but due to volcanic eruptions and earthquakes, it is now 1 km (3,000 ft) inland. Inside, you can visit the Catania Civic Museum, which displays artwork and artifacts from the castle as well as the Catania area. These works represent the diverse influences throughout Sicilian history. Plan to visit Museo Civico Castello Ursino during your Catania vacation using our convenient Catania tour itinerary planner.
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  • The lavatory facilities were in a most appalling state. It was a Sunday and the museum was busy so there were visitors wanting to use the toilettes. We informed the front desk that there was no... 
    The lavatory facilities were in a most appalling state. It was a Sunday and the museum was busy so there were visitors wanting to use the toilettes. We informed the front desk that there was no...  more »
  • We'd been here several years ago, but took a stroll up from the Fish market on a very hot day. The Castle is the Art Gallery for the city and is worth a visit. If you are not into art, its worth... 
    We'd been here several years ago, but took a stroll up from the Fish market on a very hot day. The Castle is the Art Gallery for the city and is worth a visit. If you are not into art, its worth...  more »
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  • The Ursino Castle was built on the initiative of Emperor Frederick II as part of his plan for fortifying the Sicilian coast. In 1669 an eruption of Mount Etna changed the topography of the surrounding area, so it is difficult to establish the castle’s original setting with precision. Clearly, however, it stood on a promontory about 16 meter high, dominating the city and the port, and was protected by outworks on the side facing inland and by the cliff over the sea. Castello Ursino is situated in Catania, Sicily. The building houses a gallery of local art as well as the Catania Civic Museum, which is well worth visiting.
  • It's good to bear in mind this is a museum (art and antiquities) that happens to be inside a castle. The experience offers nothing in the way of exploring an historical fortress. It's also rather warm throughout the building. We found it best to take an elevator to the top floor (also the location of the only restrooms) and work our way down, rather than climb up the stairs in the heat. (It wasn't particularly hot outside that day.)

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