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Castello Maniace, Syracuse

Categories: Castles, Tourist Spots
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3.8/5 based on 340+ reviews on the web
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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  • The fortress is on the southern tip of Ortigia, and there are some very nice views of both sides of the island. The fortress itself is interesting and there is a small museum with nice artifacts and v...  read more »
  • The ancient castle, the route for tourists a short but wonderful views! This museum is the story! Really liked it!
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  • I thoroughly enjoyed my trip to the Castello - the museum was larger than expected, and had a good write-up on most of the items in there. The walk around the grounds was also very enjoyable, and I to...  read more »
  • Nice view. Quiet place, 'holiday' for the soul.
  • Might be beautiful, but opens only between 9am and 1am (at least off season)
  • Nice castle, better seen from the sea. Recommended.
  • Beautiful view
  • A must see, beautiful. In summer open air disco and lounge bar.
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