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Castello Maniace

Address: Via Castello Maniace 51, 96100 Syracuse, Sicily, Italy
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Ranked #27 of 60 Attractions in Syracuse
Type: Castles, Sights & Landmarks
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White Hall, MD
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52 reviews 52 reviews
32 attraction reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
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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55 reviews 55 reviews
42 attraction reviews
25 helpful votes 25 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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204 reviews 204 reviews
67 attraction reviews
70 helpful votes 70 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
44 helpful votes 44 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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26 reviews 26 reviews
18 helpful votes 18 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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41 reviews 41 reviews
18 attraction reviews
45 helpful votes 45 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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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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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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East Lansing, Michigan, United States
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46 reviews 46 reviews
11 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 23, 2013

If you have some extra time on Ortygia, make a stop at the castle. There's not much inside explaining the history of the castle, but there is a very informative 15-minute video that runs on repeat telling you all about the history. The video is playing in a building just to the left as you enter the actual castle, unfortunately... More 

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35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 5, 2013

Wandering the grounds of the Castello Maniace, we were impressed by the breadth and the architecture and glad to have seen it. It would have been useful, though, to be given a brochure in English on arrival, or to have some placards with information around the site, to note the age, particular features, history, etc.

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