Via Pontile Aragonese, Ischia, 80070
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- Recommended for:
- Culture vultures, Families with teenagers, First-time travellers, Mature travellers, Seasoned travellers, Great views / scenery, History
Expert review of Castello Aragonese
Over its lifetime, this 5th-century stronghold has had plenty of incarnations. First as a stronghold to ward off enemy attacks, then as a home to a court that centred around Vittoria Colonna (admired by Michelangelo for her 'fair face'), and later as home to the Poor Clare nuns (who lived and died within the walls - you can still see the really rather gruesome 'seats' where the body of a dead nun would be placed until it literally decomposed and the remains dropped down into a vessel below the seat). More recently, it has housed a fabulous (sadly now defunct nightclub) and the Il Monastero hotel (+39 081 992435, www.albergoilmonastero.it) that is within the city's walls.
The crypt of the Cattedrale dell-Assunta was recently restored and revealed frescoes attributed to the School of Giotto.
Admission is 10 euros; 6 euros for reductions.
More information on Castello Aragonese:
- Price guide:
- Castle / palace, Historic site
- Via Pontile Aragonese, Ischia, 80070
- 081 992 834
- Months open:
- All year round
- Opening times:
- Daily 9am-1 hour before sunset.