Inside the Aragon Castle
If you are a warship fan, you have no doubt seen it in the background in hundreds of classic images.
Soviet (Project 68bis) Sverdlov-Class cruiser Ushakov enters Taranto, 1973
Taranto’s seven-towered Castello Aragonese was built in 1496 for Ferdinand II of Aragon but has fortifications on its compound dating back to the Byzantine era. Since 1883 the fort has been occupied first by the Regia Marina and then by the post-WWII Marina Militare, with the latter working since 2003 to restore and preserve the castle.
The below tour, posted last week by the Italian Navy, is very interesting and, should you need the translation, just click on the closed captioning, then “settings” and choose “auto-translate English” for a fair approximation.