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An under-rated attraction

Castello Eurialo should be higher up on the list of things to do in Syracuse than it is. As others have noted, this is an important and unusual archaeological site, one of the few... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed March 26, 2015
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Victoria, Canada
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Vienna, Austria
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48 reviews 48 reviews
14 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2015 NEW

Unique in its complexity and accessibility as a piece of defense architecture from Archimedes’ days. A fantastic panorama in hip-high spring bloom. Non of my friends could resist the spell!

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Victoria, Canada
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51 reviews 51 reviews
14 attraction reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2015

Castello Eurialo should be higher up on the list of things to do in Syracuse than it is. As others have noted, this is an important and unusual archaeological site, one of the few examples of Greek fortifications left in the world. On our visit on a sunny afternoon in late March, we shared it with just two other people.... More 

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Atlanta, GA
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140 reviews 140 reviews
8 attraction reviews
125 helpful votes 125 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 23, 2014

If you have a car, this is a short detour from town--about 9 km from Ortygia, and absolutely worth the time. We found it easily with Google maps and the local signposts. There is only one informational placard for what amounts to one of the most important Greek military fortifications left in the world, so read up before you go... More 

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Arlington Heights IL
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100 attraction reviews
50 helpful votes 50 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2014

Go with a certified guide who can explain the history of this extraordinary place. The fortress and walls were build by Dionysius the Elder in 402 BC to protect Syracuse. The historian Diodorus writes that Dionysius employed 60,000 workers who completed the fortress and walls in 20 days. I leave it up to you to decide if this is true.... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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4 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2014

We visited the Castello Eurialo in early June 2014. It lies about five miles from Syracuse proper high on a ridge with magnificent views over the city. It is not well signposted or advertised and that is a pity because it is one of the most interesting sites in the Syracuse area. The fortress was purportedly designed by Archimedes and... More 

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24 attraction reviews
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2014

Having missed out on the opportunity for some underground tunnel walking in Ortigia (Ipogeo del Duomo) due to unexpected closure and the Catacombs of San Giovanni due to not having the time, we decided to get our fix at the Euralyus Castle on the outskirts of Siracusa. Despite failure of GPS in identifying the place it was not hard to... More 

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Ancona, Italy
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 16, 2014

Very definitely worth making the effort to go to, for the revelation it gives of the incredible sophistication of classical Greek military engineering. The series of deep defensive ditches, the tunnels in the walls letting defenders move about without being seen… I was amazed. If it's really hot down below, then another reason to go to Eurialo might be for... More 

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Island of Malta, Malta
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115 reviews 115 reviews
52 attraction reviews
62 helpful votes 62 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 30, 2013

Located a few kilometres from modern Siracusa, this castle was the key to the walled ancient city. Its construction is unlike later medieval castles, being far more stoutly built. The castle was built and extended over several centuries BC before being handed to the Romans when they politely asked. The early parts of the design are attributed to Archimedes. The... More 

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Hobart
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74 reviews 74 reviews
6 attraction reviews
55 helpful votes 55 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 9, 2013

Well worth a visit (take a picnic), on a par with the Archaeological Park. It doesn't seem to attract a large number of visitors which makes it rather more atmospheric. There is virtually no interpretive information, Iweinvanaalst below has given a detailed description which you may want to read before you go. To get there catch AST Bus 25, after... More 

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Durham, United Kingdom
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68 attraction reviews
59 helpful votes 59 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 26, 2013

I did not find this site from the guide book, map, tour operator or hotel. An English amateur historian during our visit to the Greek Theatre in Syracuse recommended it to me. The castle’s impregnable defences were supposedly designed by Archimedes for King Hieron 11, a Greek, to defend against the Roman army. However apparently the castle commander surrendered when... More 

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