Castello Maniace, Syracuse

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Located on the tip of the Island of Ortigia facing outward toward the sea, Castello Maniace is a Swabian castle built to defend the port of Syracuse. Constructed in the mid 13th century, the castle bears the name of George Maniakes, a Byzantine general who reclaimed the city from the Arabs in 1038. It remained a residence for the numerous queens of Sicily until the 16th century, at which point it became a prison. Visit this fortified structure, check out the decorated entrance portal, and learn about its history through a 15-minute informative video presented in a building just to the left of the main entrance. You can also come here for excellent views of the sea and the surrounding countryside. Choose to start, finish, or center your holiday on a trip to Castello Maniace by using our Syracuse route maker app .
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  • Don't give the 5 dots just because I couldn't see the inside of the Castle, because right now in restructuring; but everything else is definitely worth a visit if you are in Ortigia (for what it costs on biglietyo, then ...!). Interesting audio-visual representation of what ultimately was the castle in the past (lower right inside the building, leaving the castle behind).
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  • If the ticket is good only €2 per person and children do not pay benefits Castle of great culture and in a geographical location that is very appealing, shame that we could not visit it inside
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  • The place itself is very romantic and charming, full of history and offering panoramic views that take your breath away. Unfortunately the little care for cleanness and its conservation lower the level. It remains a place to be seen for who goes to Syracuse
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  • Castle looks interesting. It is located in best place in Syracuse. Entrance was for 2 euro but when I was there some constructions were stared so I could see it almost only from outside. Anyway it was quite relaxing place with good view on the city and all other places in sightview.
  • None of the inside of the castle was open when we went so you could just sort of wander around the courtyard and climb up part of the wall. Not much to see really. Don't think it was worth the entrance fee in retrospect.
  • Under restauration, small museum, nice view but not much else. No entry to the fort or even walking around. Nice cartography room with old maps of the fortress and Syracusa.
  • Nice view on the sea and Syracuse's inlet. Not open all day, watch out if you wanna do the tour!
  • Nothing to see here. Only walls. The castle is closed. Better view from the sea

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If you're looking for a budget-friendly option in Syracuse, take a peek at what's available by the train station. Many of the most luxurious hotels cluster in Ortigia, the historical center of town. The most exclusive options sit along the pleasant waterfront, with residents enjoying dining terraces and private beaches.
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