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Il Castello Ursino

By walking across the center of Catania, our B&B is just 15 minutes from Castello Ursino, one of the main attractions that any visitor should not miss. The castle was built during the first half of the XIII century, by will of Frederick II, as a bastion against attacks and as an emblem of the power of the Swabians. The name “Ursino” most likely comes from Sinus, meaing “gulf,” because the castle was on a promontory jutting from the coastline of Catania.

Until the XVI century, the castle was the royal residence of Aragon and Castilian dynasties. After that, it was characterized by decay due to Etna’s eruptions in XVII century and to its partial use as a jail. Since the first half of XX century, the castle has regained its majesty: after its restoration, it has become an historic and artistic symbol of Catania.

Castello Ursino is home to the Civic Museum of Catania: two important collections are located within its walls – of the Benedictine monks and works once located at Museo Biscari – and a collection of private works. The Museum is divided into different sections: Archaeology, Medieval, Renaissance, and Modern. There is also a section dedicated to Catanian artists. In addition to its permanent collections, Castello Ursino also hosts temporary expositions, events, and public manifestations.

We recommend taking a guided tour of the castle in order to learn all the fascinating details of both the castle and its contents. The medieval fortress is found in Piazza Federico di Svevia and is open Monday – Saturday from 09:00 to 19:00. On Sundays it is open from 09:00 to 13:30. The cost of admission is €6. To discover all of Catania’s most important tourist attractions, we invite you to read our city guide.

 

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