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Castello Svevo & Museo Archeologico Vagliasindi

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Via Castello 1, 95036 Randazzo, Sicily Italy
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HolidayForUs wrote a review Dec 2018
Bath, United Kingdom2281 contributions273 helpful votes
This is a small museum and there is not any information in English. A good range of artefacts in several different rooms on different floors. It no longer has any puppets there, as there is another museum for them now which is across town, but we did not visit that. Entry was 2.60 euros (October 2018) each and our visit took around thirty minutes.
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Date of experience: October 2018
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InfoSiciliastyle wrote a review Apr 2017
Randazzo, Italy3 contributions1 helpful vote
If you visit Randazzo, this is to be included in the list. Not only because it is a good example of a medieval castle, but also because it contains nowadays two major attractions for different publics: is used today as an exhibition center and houses a collection of "Pupi siciliani"- sicilian puppets- (very nice for children but also interesting from an historical point of view to understand a little bit of Sicilian culture). On the top floors, the castle host the Paolo Vagliasindi archeological museum. It is a very intimate and small archaeological museum but with two major greek pieces that worth the visit. The castle as such, from an architectonical point of view, is the only one remaining of the eight medieval towers, on a high lava rock, already existing at the time of Frederick II of Hohenstaufen. For a time it was the seat of the Giustiziere del Valdemone (a kind of medieval judge and governor) and a prison, then became the mansion of the Romeo e Vagliasindi families, to become again a prison in later centuries: a sinister building, with tiny cells, a torture chamber, the well for those who were sentenced to be bricked up alive.Be aware very difficult parking around the castle. So leave your car outside the city and them walk to the castle, through this nice medieval town.
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Date of experience: March 2017
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DrRichardBesdine wrote a review Apr 2017
Providence, Rhode Island5 contributions1 helpful vote
Remarkable greco-roman jewelry and ceracmics found on local property - early 20th century, by the founder of Feudo Vagliasindi
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Date of experience: March 2017
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michellesul2015 wrote a review Aug 2015
Malta10 contributions
The building itself is very typical of the area, The castle was used as a prison between XVII secolo e il 1973. During second world war it was bombarded. The museum presently holds pieces dating back VI-IV secolo a.C, from the collection of Paolo Vagliasindi. Its a must for those who love history
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Date of experience: August 2015
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Lionel L wrote a review Feb 2015
Sliema, Malta695 contributions133 helpful votes
Although the museum is small compared to other museums, it still houses some interesting architectural exhibits. The guide was extremely informative and very helpful.
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Date of experience: February 2015
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