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Address: Via Castello Maniace 51, 96100 Syracuse, Sicily, Italy

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These are fortifications at the tip of Ortigia. These appear to have been built on regularly and span a number of centuries. There are various parapets and viewpoints that give... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed April 4, 2015
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Cheltenham, United Kingdom
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72 reviews 72 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2015

Only 2 euros for the best views of Ortigia and a well preserved historical fort a bit more Information at reception would have been a good idea

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London
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 4, 2015

These are fortifications at the tip of Ortigia. These appear to have been built on regularly and span a number of centuries. There are various parapets and viewpoints that give you outstanding views of the bay There are various levels and areas to explore - though some areas were closed off and some areas were dangerous to climb on or... More 

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White Hall, MD
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 16, 2015

Castello Maniace was first built -almost assuredly over Greek fortifications- by Federico II and later massively improved by Charles V. Although I lived in Siracusa and visit regularly, I was never able to visit the Castle at the tip of Ortigia that commands the entrances to the Bay of Siracusa before the year 2014 (May, and August with my wife).... More 

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Toronto, Canada
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42 attraction reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 28, 2014

At the time of my visit, the castle was under renovation, as far as the interior is concerned. The works are expected to complete sometimes in the fall of 2015. Nevertheless, the courtyard and all the exterior streets and piazzas leading to it are visitable and very enjoyable. The large courtyard offers great views of the castle, Ortygia and Syracusa... More 

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North Palm Beach, Florida
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73 attraction reviews
88 helpful votes 88 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 15, 2014

These castles are all along the coast. This one is beautiful but most is under repair. Maybe in a few years it will be great. However for kids it may be one of the more interesting sights here.

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Rahway, New Jersey
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35 attraction reviews
53 helpful votes 53 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 26, 2014

The castle is at the very tip of Ortigia. It seems to keep unusual hours, as the first time we tried to go (in the middle of the day) it was closed, yet we saw it open one evening. We ultimately visited the last morning we were in town. Free admission. The center area is closed for renovations so I... More 

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Boca Raton, Florida
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27 reviews 27 reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed October 9, 2014

This was a long walk to find this castle, which is under a lot of renovation. We were disappointed also to find that many areas had been restored but looked it...modern restorations. Sad they couldn't do a better job matching existing structure. Great views but otherwise not worth the hike.

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UK
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41 reviews 41 reviews
18 attraction reviews
47 helpful votes 47 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2014 via mobile

It's in a nice setting and you can look from the outside but the castle is closed for renovation. There was no indication when it would reopen.

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San Miguel de Allende, Mexico
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13 reviews 13 reviews
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5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 8, 2013

Nice location, routine architecture. Reportedly, much of the building material was removed from the Greek amphitheater. Beautiful views.

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jerusalem
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37 reviews 37 reviews
29 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 6, 2013

You have a nice view from there and just one interesting big room with roman arches so that if you are in a hurry you can miss it

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