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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. Plan your Castello Maniace visit and explore what else you can see and do in Syracuse using our Syracuse itinerary planner.
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  • Great insight can imagine it very well in times where was shot with big stone balls on fortress walls, this fort was as combative. Great views from the fortress on the sea and parts of the town of Ortigia.
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  • Well worth a visit. Views across the sea are nice. A few euros each to visit, wouldn't do it on a hot day though. Small museum. Slide show in Italian. Allow a few hours to explore and take photos.  more »
  • What about!! magnificent, strategic and imposing structure of Frederick II. Are nearing completion the restorations to return to its former glory, contains details of enormous value, especially the spiral stairs of the towers. To see, including the Spanish zone.
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  • A historical place with 2 euro entrance fee, but I just felt it had not too much thing to watch. The fort was being maintained when I visited, and could not enter castle, and it looked quite new. The wall was too high, and it was difficult to look sea and the city.
  • The best parts of the castle are right and the far end, the old battlements which are now large empty alcoves, each with a tiny window at the end. Makes for a great spot for photos.
  • Great place and great history . The location is fantastic , little to see inside really expect the castle . But for 2 euros each to get in you must go . Try the Granita at the bar next the university . Amazing !!!!
  • It's quiet in the morning which was nice, cheap entrance too for just €2. I wish they had more information around the castle, felt very bare, nice views over the walls though !
  • Nice castle, better seen from the sea. Recommended._