Castello Aragonese

Address: Via Pontile Aragonese, Ischia, 80070, Italy
Telephone: 081 992 834

- Mid-range


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. 

Value for money

Price advice

Admission is 10 euros; 6 euros for reductions.

Expert tips

Look out for the frescoes.

Recommended for

  • Culture vultures
  • Families with teenagers
  • First-time travellers
  • Mature travellers
  • Seasoned travellers
  • Great views / scenery
  • History