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

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We spend only 30 minutes there at it was very cold and the wind was beating us. You cannot visit the castle interior, due to reconstruction work, we have visited the interior... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 December 2016
InaTatiana
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Bucharest, Romania
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Reading some of the not satisfied reviews for this wonderful castle, I was not so keen on visiting. But fortunately, I went to have a look and I spent 2 unforgettable hours. I felt I am really going back to the Frederick II age in Sicily. Hard to describe all my feelings, but I completely suggest the visit!

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Grim up North
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 December 2016

Having been brought up on the South Welsh borders, I'm both a sucker for an historic castle and also regularly disappointed by many of them, as they don't cut the mustard compared to the ones I romped round as a nipper. As we wandered towards the top end of Ortygia Island at the spit end of Syracuse town, I spotted... More 

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Oakland, California
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 December 2016

The best part of this experience was to walk along the tops of the walls and admire the views of the sea and Siracusa. Museum exhibit of artifacts found here is very small. Very little information provides about the castle.

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Bucharest, Romania
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 December 2016

We spend only 30 minutes there at it was very cold and the wind was beating us. You cannot visit the castle interior, due to reconstruction work, we have visited the interior courtyard and the walls. Amazing feeling and vue to the sea.

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Thank InaTatiana
Montreal, Canada
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 November 2016

The Castello Maniace was built from 1232 to 1240 and is a good example of military architecture of Frederick the second's reign. It is a square structure with circular towers at each of the four corners and overlooks the entrance to the city's sheltered bay. Until recently it was a military zone and off limits to visitors, even today there... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 November 2016

The castle was on a lovely site. There is not much inside, but we really enjoyed walking around in the sunshine enjoying the stunning views. It took us about 90 minutes to fully explore. It compares to an English heritage castle, rather than a national trust...not much inside, but interesting buildings and great location with big open windows looking out... More 

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Ottawa, Canada
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 November 2016

The Museum is well done - but small and not well visited and is a bit "off to the side". The castle was under renovations - but they looked almost permanent. The site needs at least on cannon and some other interpretation material. The large entrance square needs shade, places to sit and out door interpretation panels. I hope the... More 

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Thank Debra K
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 November 2016

Originally constructed in the 11th century, this medieval fortress was re-built and embellished in the 13th century. It still has some of the old walls with arrow slits. The central part is not open to the public but you can walk the walls and around a walkway behind it to see the long arched corridors. There are beautiful sea views... More 

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Twickenham, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 October 2016 via mobile

It is worth making the trek to Ortygia's most southerly point for a meander around the castle and admire the views out to sea. There are a couple of exhibition rooms before the main castle which could do with a bit more signage and explanation but the upper and lower levels are nice to walk around. Make sure you get... More 

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 October 2016 via mobile

Go and see this if you're passing but it's not worth a special trip. Most of the castle is shut off for renovation works so you can only walk around the outside. There are two interesting exhibitions which are in English too and the view from the top is good. I think it will be worth a trip when it... More 

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