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The Maniace castle is one of the most important monuments of the Swabian period in Syracuse and one of the best known Frederick's castles.

The most extreme tip of Ortigia it is headed by the Swabian Castle, better known as Maniace Castle. The Syracusan fortress name refers to the Arab leader Giorgio Maniace of 1038 AD who conquered the castle and made it his fortress. As evidence of his passage he leaves two bronze rams which were subsequently placed right at the entrance of the Syracuse castle.


In a hypothetical full turn of what to see in Syracuse the passage to the castle of maniace is mandatory. If you have followed our day tour up to Arethusa fountain, of which we have also told the myth, it is inevitable to come across this immense structure of 51 meters per side with four cylindrical towers. The entrance has a pointed argo, typical of the Swabian era, with the sides of the shelves where the two Maniace rams were located. Nowadays they are no longer in their guard post as one was destroyed and the other kept in the archaeological museum of Palermo.

The castle of Syracuse it was built at the behest of Frederick II who considered it the spearhead of the great grid of Sicilian castles. The Marieth, as they called it at that time, experienced many moments of glory. Here Federico signed for the construction of the University of Naples, in 1288 he hosted the Aragona family and saw Peter II of Aragon ascend to the throne.

Unfortunately for those who want to visit Syracuse today they will not find themselves in front of the enchanting castle it should have been. Time, the various dominations and especially the two earthquakes destroyed the original structure and it was restored as we see it today.

Unlike the surrounding manors, the castle of Maniace must have been the sign of the presence of the emperor and of his power, which is why it has a much more residential layout than the others. It represents the boundary stone of Frederick's regnum, in naval connection with the Holy Land and Jerusalem.



To access the maniace, you pass through a stone bridge, the same one that the guests of the hotel had to cross Environmental G8 in April 2009 and Ortigia Festival.

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