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Castello Maniace, Syracuse

3.6
#5 of 18 in Historic Sites in Syracuse
Castle Tourist Spot
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 admission cost is reasonable. There is one room with an explanation of the history of the castle, which is in dual languages, there is also a film, which is only in Italian. The castle is well con...  more »
  • This is one of the view castles built by Frederick II in Sicily. Can anybody explain why this closes at 14.30 on a certain day and has different opening and closing times during the week? If it’s ther...  more »
  • 2 euros and you enter an ancient world, with some stunning views , located at the southern tip of Ortigia , about 20 minutes walk from Parchegio Talete . Come in the morning and bring your cameras . D...  more »
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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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