Nice location, routine architecture. Reportedly, much of the building material was removed from the Greek amphitheater. Beautiful views.
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
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.
A quite small castello. Interesting to see how it has developed through history. Not a must, but nice to visit if you want something to do for an hour. The entrance fee was about 4 Euros.
Really atmospheric and shimmering in the heat with lizards running about underfoot and beautiful views of the Ionian sea. A real find. Loved it.
We went on the off chance that it was open on a Monday, which technically it wasn't, however the gates were broken so people just strolled in. No-one came to shoo us all out, and none of the visitors vandallised the place. So we went for free and were drawn into the huge spaces and sense of history. Great.
Despite being armed with guide books for Siracusa area; I couldn't find too much info and there was very little signage available inside - unless you bought the book presumably?- seems to have been converted at some point into a convent/monastery? Fabulous cloister like columns inside one building and one large canvass - John the Baptist? I think but again... More
We went there by sheer co-incidence, an elderly German lady literally picked-us -up in the street, asked if we were English, had we seen Castello Maniace, were we over 65.? We answered, yes, no and yes, over 65 with proof, get in free. She marched us there and escorted us around and could tell us the history of the Castello... More
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