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

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Weather worn but still worth it

Perched at the southern point of Ortygia Island it stands bold above the Mediterranean Sea. If the weather is good, it's a pleasant walk either along Lungamare Alfeo or the... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 23, 2015
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2015 NEW via mobile

Perched at the southern point of Ortygia Island it stands bold above the Mediterranean Sea. If the weather is good, it's a pleasant walk either along Lungamare Alfeo or the Lungamare D'Ortigia. Entry is only 2 Euros a person which is cheap. But as reported by other contributors the main castle is closed for repairs and boy does it need... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 3, 2015

Opens in the mornings not Mondays, we found it closed over the weekend too, but it was well worth seeing, the main part is closed for renovation which was a shame but well worth a visit

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Cheltenham, United Kingdom
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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