The Castello Maniace is a thirteenth century fortress that occupies a promontory in the city of Syracuse in Sicily. Built in 1232, the castle is situated at the southernmost point of the city's island of Ortigia, close to main sights such as Syracuse Cathedral.
On the same site in 1038 was the original fort built by a Greek general who defeated the Arabs who occupied Sicily at the time.
The castle was rebuilt in 1232 at the behest of the Holy Roman Emperor Frederick II who was also King of Sicily until his death in 1250.
Close by: Greek Theatre, Syracuse Cathedral, Piazza Duomo
Recommended accommodation: Caportigia Boutique Hotel