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Castello Maniace, Syracuse
(3.6/5 based on 360+ 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 castle was on a lovely site. There is not much inside, but we really enjoyed walking around in the sunshine enjoying the stunning views. It took us about 90 minutes to fully explore. It compares t...  more »
  • The Museum is well done - but small and not well visited and is a bit "off to the side". The castle was under renovations - but they looked almost permanent. The site needs at least on cannon and some...  more »
  • A beautiful castle, with a location that offers breathtaking views, ancient walls ... who built them? Why? But how is it possible not to have no information, no signs, no brochures, no. And then, like many things in Italy, the inner room which seems to be beautiful, is closed for renovations, for a very long time, in what I read. Shame really, this should be the pride of the city.
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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._