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Address: Via Castello Maniace 51, 96100, Syracuse, Sicily, Italy
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We visited on a very pleasant December day and spent an hour or so walking around the castle and looking at the exhibits. For €2 each we thought it was very good value. We found... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed December 22, 2015
Adelaide, Australia
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London, United Kingdom
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58 reviews
19 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

This wonderful ancient castle has been closed to the public since few years ago. Inside there was a barrack and a local marine army headquarter. Now it hosts the faculty of Architecture of the University of Catania and it is open to public. Really beautiful during the day this place becomes extraordinary during the nighttime as music and parties runs... More 

Thank Denim L
Adelaide, Australia
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118 reviews
26 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 22, 2015 via mobile

We visited on a very pleasant December day and spent an hour or so walking around the castle and looking at the exhibits. For €2 each we thought it was very good value. We found it interesting to walk around and through the buildings. It's easy to visualise what it would have been like as a fort. The views are... More 

Thank browney237
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76 reviews
40 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2015

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 

1 Thank SpiderSD
London, United Kingdom
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4 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 1, 2015 via mobile

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 

Thank magnoose123
Chelmsford, United Kingdom
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36 reviews
16 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 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 

Thank traveliz2014
London, United Kingdom
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26 reviews
12 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2015 via mobile

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

Thank BJemec
Seattle, Washington
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32 reviews
9 attraction reviews
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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246 reviews
31 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 101 helpful votes
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.

1 Thank cambio
Perth, Australia
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139 reviews
55 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 71 helpful votes
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.

Thank dotg1947
Epsom, United Kingdom
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108 reviews
18 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 50 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 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.

Thank Nick J

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