Castello Maniace, Syracuse

3.6
#7 of 18 in Historic Sites in Syracuse
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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  • August 10, 2017
    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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  • August 5, 2017
    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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  • August 5, 2017
    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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  • Entry costs 2€. There's a room with a video (in Italian only) which explains the history of the fortress. Beside this it's quite empty but you can enjoy a great view of the gulf.
  • Nice view from the point and the museum has some interesting history of the origins of the fort. The main area is under reconstruction and cannot be seen or visited.
  • Big place, cheap entry. Beautiful spot. Very historical
  • Beautiful fortress surrounded by the bay with best view over ortigia marina and Fontana aretusa. 1.8$ well invested.
  • The castle is beautiful, but no audio guide or explanation is given around the place

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