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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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  • After a rather disappointing visit to the Archaeological Park (the fond memories of my visit of 15 years ago were destroyed!) taking badly, we had the pleasure of visiting this chicca...la main hall is closed for some years and who knows when it will reopen but anyway the ticket indicato...in ticket is 2 € per person and gives access to the whole complex , an exhibition hall and a video room. The location of the sea complete beauty is well preservation of the place.
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  • The most important parts of the castle - the medieval parts - are closed, but it's worth a visit to wander along the sea walls and the much more modern gun batteries.  more »
  • Visit very impressive and well organized, fabulous views of the sea, you can retrace the history through the centuries
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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._