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Address: Via Castello Maniace 51, 96100, Syracuse, Sicily, Italy
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There were two parts to the fort, a castle which was not open to the public and the gun emplacements which were open. There is a museum on site which provides the history for the... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 2 weeks ago

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

There were two parts to the fort, a castle which was not open to the public and the gun emplacements which were open. There is a museum on site which provides the history for the site. In the museum, we enjoyed looking at the old maps and drawings of the fort which also told a story. Hopefully the castle will... More 

Thank SpiderSD
London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

A 13th century citadel guarding the entrance to Syracuse harbour - how could this not be awesome? Even with the central part of the castle closed for renovation, you could walk the walls, wander through the vaulted chambers, see the cannon emplacements, and look out over the walls as the waves crashed against the rocks. €2 entrance - absolute bargain... More 

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Chelmsford, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 23, 2015

My husband really enjoyed this place and it was tolerable even for me. the castle is large althoughwhen we visited there were parts inaccessible being renovated. In addition to the castle itself there were interesting museums showing maps of the castle through the ages and pieces of decorative architecture. Also we saw an excellent video giving facts about the castle... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2015

Well worth visit incl small museum Great views, clean toilets, only €2 entrance fee, some of the castle still under refurbishment

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Seattle, Washington
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 51 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2015

The fortress might be worth seeing, but it was closed for reconditioning, which of course we weren't told until we had paid entry! Otherwise, nothing much to see. The fortress was never engaged in much of any military action, so its historical significance is nil. The architecture of the fortress interior looks like it might be interesting, once it is... More 

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Stamford, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 12, 2015

We were staying in Ortigia and fancied going around the castle. Although it is being restored there is an information room with videos/maps etc which help explain the history of the whole of Ortigia - really well done. Fantastic views - make sure you take your camera. Only 2 euros each. (adult). Well worth it.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2015

This castle is well worth a visit. It sits right on the point of the island of Ortigia and has a long and colourful history. It's only a 5 minute walk from the main piazza and, from memory, cost $2 euro to enter. There are exhibitions of artefacts and the history of the castle is displayed in photos and script.

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Epsom, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2015

Only opens 09:30-13:45. Some areas closed off for restoration. Reasonable entrance price c.€4 per adult with children <16 free. Offers great views at the end of the island. Well worth a visit.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2015

The core of the castle cannot be visited because it is being restored, but this still is an amazing seafront defence piece of civil engineering. We enjoyed walking the walls, looking into the storage and fighting cells, understanding how each place used to be functional. This is a great place to take the kids and explain engineering and strategy first... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2015

The views from Castello Maniace are beautiful. It is true that it is a work in progress but what a site. You enter through the Main Gate, which is very imposing. There is also a copy of L'Ariete ( A Bronze Ram ) There used to be two guarding the Gates. We almost had the place to ourselves and wondered... More 

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