Castello Aragonese

Price guide: Mid-range

Via Pontile Aragonese, Ischia, 80070

Price guide: Mid-range

Castello Aragonese
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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

Visit Ischia's palace, convent, prison and… hotel?

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, 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. 

Price advice: 

Admission is 10 euros; 6 euros for reductions.

Expert tips: 
Look out for the frescoes.

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.

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