Museo Civico Castello Ursino

Museo Civico Castello Ursino

Museo Civico Castello Ursino
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9:00 AM - 9:00 PM
Monday
9:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Tuesday
9:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Wednesday
9:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Thursday
9:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Friday
9:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Saturday
9:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Sunday
9:00 AM - 9:00 PM
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Neighbourhood: Centro Catania
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  • Walshfamily4
    Melbourne, Australia125 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Good value for the entry fee
    Read about this castle online before visiting to get a better understanding of its history. This is one solid building, surviving volcanic eruptions and earthquakes! As a museum it houses a variety of interesting artefacts while its top floor had a photography exhibition to view.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 8 July 2023
  • dgraham76
    Hyde, United Kingdom1,986 contributions
    3.0 of 5 bubbles
    More of a museum
    Came to here after driving past and was 6 euros each..you can't take any backpacks around. There are a lot of amazing paintings and a lot of urns/pots over at least 3 levels. This was worth an hour visit but was dissapointing to not be able to walk around the inner courtyard or thought there may have been the ch Ave to see the upper outdoor levels of Castle.. there was one turret with a few chairs outside The castle is in great condition inside and out
    Visited March 2024
    Travelled with friends
    Written 23 March 2024
  • genibre69
    London, United Kingdom5,129 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Steep price but worth a meander if you love history
    Decent enough museum but the €6 entrance is honestly too steep. That said I enjoyed the meander around and the collection of artifacts on the ground floor. The second (first floor in the U.K.) is mostly paintings. It’s no Louvre but some are striking, such as Love and Death and the Sicilian Vespers. All captions are translated into English. Nice views of the city from the roof terrace. Have to agree that unfortunately bathrooms were gross 😷
    Visited March 2024
    Travelled solo
    Written 20 April 2024
  • PaulMaryRC
    Eastbourne, United Kingdom211 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Lovely castle well preserved and maintained
    View from the top of the tower gives a good view of Etna. It's not cheap to enter but there is a great collection of ancient pots, stonework and items over the years. I would have liked to have seen a recreation of how the rooms looked but this is laid out in a museum structure.
    Visited April 2024
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 22 April 2024
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PaulMaryRC
Eastbourne, UK211 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Couples
View from the top of the tower gives a good view of Etna. It's not cheap to enter but there is a great collection of ancient pots, stonework and items over the years. I would have liked to have seen a recreation of how the rooms looked but this is laid out in a museum structure.
Written 22 April 2024
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genibre69
London, UK5,129 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Solo
Decent enough museum but the €6 entrance is honestly too steep. That said I enjoyed the meander around and the collection of artifacts on the ground floor. The second (first floor in the U.K.) is mostly paintings. It’s no Louvre but some are striking, such as Love and Death and the Sicilian Vespers. All captions are translated into English. Nice views of the city from the roof terrace.

Have to agree that unfortunately bathrooms were gross 😷
Written 20 April 2024
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dgraham76
Hyde, UK1,986 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Friends
Came to here after driving past and was 6 euros each..you can't take any backpacks around.
There are a lot of amazing paintings and a lot of urns/pots over at least 3 levels.
This was worth an hour visit but was dissapointing to not be able to walk around the inner courtyard or thought there may have been the ch Ave to see the upper outdoor levels of Castle.. there was one turret with a few chairs outside
The castle is in great condition inside and out
Written 23 March 2024
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Massimiliano M
Mathi, Italy20 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Family
A castle erected by Federico II di Svevia, square in plan with towers at the apexes, all of stone, used as a museum of antiquities and hosting temporary exhibitions.
For those interested in antiquities it is definitely an occasion but, the castle itself, does not have many curiosities to give away.
Written 14 February 2024
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Stanisław J
Torun, Poland7 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2023 • Couples
Nice castle with not so interesting exhibitions. There was some interesting statues and historic artifacts, but not so many. If the entrance was cheaper, the overall rating would be higher.
Written 7 September 2023
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Walshfamily4
Melbourne, Australia125 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023 • Couples
Read about this castle online before visiting to get a better understanding of its history. This is one solid building, surviving volcanic eruptions and earthquakes! As a museum it houses a variety of interesting artefacts while its top floor had a photography exhibition to view.
Written 8 July 2023
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Laszlo Karoly H
London, United Kingdom76 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2023
A very nice castle with a Museum.The exhibition is big and interesting from ancient romans to nowadays.One of the tower able to go out for a terrass and enjoy a great view for the Mount Etna
Written 26 May 2023
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ANGELO V
Milan, Italy4,099 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2023 • Solo
The Ursino castle in Catania was built by Frederick II of Swabia during the 13thI century. During the Sicilian Vespers it was the seat of the parliament and later it was the residence of the Sovereigns of Sicily of the Aragonese dynasty including Frederick III. Today it houses the Civic Museum.

The museum is very big, and it houses art pieces from the Greek period to the 18th-19th centuries. Some pieces of modern art in the same rooms as historical art is a questionable choice. Explanations are provided in Italian for all pieces, in English for most of them, and in Spanish for some.

According to me, the best part is the paintings and drawings collection, with pieces by artists such as El Greco, Luis de Morales, Mathias Stomer, Francesco Solimena, Mattia Preti, Jusepe de Ribeira, Michele Rapisardi, Girolamo Induno, Sebastian Ittar, and the only existing copy of the precious "Nativity" altarpiece by Caravaggio, stolen in Palermo and never found again.

The archaeological section is very interesting, too, whereas the numismatic collection is not enjoyable: the coins are in the dark and not very visible in the absence of light.
Written 29 April 2023
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Jonas K
1 contribution
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2023 • Friends
If you have limited time in Catania, recommend to use it somewhere else.
Wished that there would had been some historical guideline of castle and Catania but no.
Written 1 April 2023
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laczkozsu
Debrecen, Hungary2,132 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2023
It was built in 13. century as a fortress of Ferdinand II. In the past it was over the Ionian Sea, but the lava of Etna reached it in 1693, so it became the part of the land. It’s a huge building, like a castle from the fairy tale. We walked around and took some photos. We couldn’t go in the museum because it was closed. I think it’s worth to visit it.
Written 20 March 2023
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