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Castello Aragonese, Taranto

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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. Start your trip to Taranto by creating a personalized itinerary on Inspirock.
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  • Dominated by four big circular towers, the 15th-century Aragonese Castle guards the bridge that joins the new and old towns. Originally built to protect Taranto, it is now home to the Navy. Second... 
    Dominated by four big circular towers, the 15th-century Aragonese Castle guards the bridge that joins the new and old towns. Originally built to protect Taranto, it is now home to the Navy. Second...  more »
  • The castle can be visited at weekends for free. You must book a slot by callling their telephone number. There are tours every hour until 0100 am. The guide is from the Marina Militare and is very... 
    The castle can be visited at weekends for free. You must book a slot by callling their telephone number. There are tours every hour until 0100 am. The guide is from the Marina Militare and is very...  more »
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  • Entrance is free so we thought you can just show up to visit the castle. Totally wrong. You must make a reservation, so we were there in the morning and first slot available was at 4PM. The tour is guided by a Navy Officer. Ours was really great, thanks to the Italian Navy this site is well preserved and archaeologists are still working on it!
  • A pure gem. The museum is free and open from 9am until 1 in the morning. Just book it over the phone. Make sure you mention a tour guide in English in case you need one. The guided tour is around 45mins and given directly by the Naval army. They have plenty of stories to tell. Don't miss it.

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