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

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Good castle

Timetables are not easy to interpret: it should be only open in the morning but when we arrived was closed and we could enter in the afternoon. Old castle was closed but we... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
Zaragoza, Spain
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Walking through Ortigia was a very nice experience, but Castello Maniace was a little disappointment. The main part was under construction (and you still pay the entrance fee) so you can only walk around the castle and check a small museum. If you have enough time visit the castle but if not, rather walk through the streets of Ortigia.

Thank PeterKovac84
Zaragoza, Spain
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Timetables are not easy to interpret: it should be only open in the morning but when we arrived was closed and we could enter in the afternoon. Old castle was closed but we still could visit the outer part and the artillery places. I liked it. Be careful with the sun.

Thank Superzaragozano
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

It is very disappointing that what is obviously a spectacular castle is inaccessible from 13:00 onwards! Dozens of people were being turned away as we arrived, then we saw the sign on the adjacent wall... Why close the main attraction in Syracuse half way through the day?!?

1 Thank Gareth D
Belgrade, Serbia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

This is a castle facing the sea on the southern tip of Ortigia. It looked impressive across the bay when we drove to Syracuse. The inside is vast and modest, with many walkways and ramparts. Cool place for an hour stroll, with great sea views.

Thank B1714D
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Your visit to Syracuse cannot be complete without checking out Ortygia and it's fortress on its shoreline. Castello Maniace both a castle and a citadel, was used at turns as a residence and then as a prison. It's history spans over many centuries where it was restored after a huge explision back in the 1700. Unfortunately our visit was cut... More 

Thank Nathalie R
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Great place and great history . The location is fantastic , little to see inside really expect the castle . But for 2 euros each to get in you must go . The view is really good and look like Istanbul or Venice . Try the Granita at the bar next the university . Amazing !!!!

Thank adriana f
Province of Palermo, Italy
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2016

This Swabian/Spnish castle worths really a walk through Ortigia. Beautiful in itsself andfor its set it is at the end of one of the most beautiful part of the island. D not miss it

Thank Gianluca D
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2016 via mobile

The admission fee is only 2 euros but in exchange you will find a quite deserted place with great views of the sea. Not many visitors and almost nothing on display. But you can spend a lovely time admiring the architecture and the sea. It's really worth your time

Thank adriana199
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 19, 2016

Not many other visitors when we were there. We would have benefited from a little more information, but worth visiting.

Thank Teresa A
Ashbourne, Ireland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 16, 2016

Great to walk around a site so full of history. The €2 entrance fee was fantastic value for money. Although the video outlining the history of the site was not in english, the clever production ensured we could understand and appreciate it. It was a bonus to find a small Cafe on site.

Thank 3Buffy3

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