Castello Maniace

Castello Maniace: Our most recommended tours and activities

Siracusa: Ortigia Boat Tour with Marine Grotto

1. Siracusa: Ortigia Boat Tour with Marine Grotto

Embark on a boat tour of Ortigia with this tour from Siracusa. View the historic center of Siracusa from the water. Travel along the coast to admire Maniace castle and several sea caves. Push off from Siracusa and pass under the Umbertino bridge. Take in sweeping views of the entire port. Go by the luxurious yachts at Foro Italico, and catch a glimpse of a cathedral dome. Observe the legendary Arethusa fountain. Exit the port and see the immense Maniace castle. Head out to the northern coast of Syracuse. Have some fresh fruit and juice as you travel to a spot where you can get out and have a 10 minute swim. Enter Capuchin cave, Coral cave, a stalactite cave, and the heart-shaped Cave of Love. Snap souvenir photos with the heart behind you.

Syracuse: Castello Maniace Skip-The-Line Entry Ticket

2. Syracuse: Castello Maniace Skip-The-Line Entry Ticket

Visit a castle along the ocean in Italy on land that dates from an 11th-century settlement. See where the castle has changed over the years. Enjoy exploring the grounds on your own with a skip-the-line ticket. Enter the castle and see architecture that dates from 1232, originally built by Emporer Frederico II of Italy. Learn how the original name of the castle comes from the Byzantine general who took over the city in 1038. Explore the grounds, including the now-covered moat that once served as the only entrance to the castle. Look out over the point of the island of Ortygia, on which the ancient city of Syracuse was located. Cross into rooms that were once occupied by royalty in the 13th century when it was a royal residency. See the areas that were lived in by Peter III of Aragon, a king of Sicily.

Syracuse: Ortigia Island and Sea Caves Boat Tour

3. Syracuse: Ortigia Island and Sea Caves Boat Tour

During this guided tour you will see the following monuments and historical buildings: Venetian Palace, Umberto I bridge, small harbour, Bourbons prison, old spanish walls and Eastern seafront, Viliena Fortress, Jewish Quarter, Maniace Castle, Aretusa Source, Cathedral, St. Lucy alla Badia Church, Alfeo seafront and Porta Marina. Then we will continue our tour by the coast to the sea caves visit and you can live a unique experience: the boat will go into the sea caves wich is the best place to admire stalactites, stalagmites and corals. Some of these caves have peculiar shapes that you will recognize by approaching them, as Dionisio's ear cave, Lovers cave wich has a heart shape and the Doves cave. Last but not least, if you wish, you can also have the chance to enjoy a stop for swimming in our crystal waters.

Syracuse: Ortigia Island and Sea Caves Sightseeing Cruise

4. Syracuse: Ortigia Island and Sea Caves Sightseeing Cruise

During this guided tour you will see the following monuments and historical buildings: Venetian Palace, Umberto I bridge, small harbor, Bourbons prison, Spanish walls and Eastern seafront, Viliena Fortress, Maniace Castle, Aretusa Source, Syracuse Cathedral, St. Lucy Church, Alfeo seafront and Porta Marina. We will then continue our tour on the coast with the sea caves exploration and you will live a unique experience: the boat will go into the caves to allow you to admire stalactites, stalagmites and corals. Some caves have peculiar shapes that you will recognize by approaching them, Dionysius ear cave, Lovers’ cave heart shaped, Doves cave. Last but not least, if you wish, you will have the chance to enjoy a swim in our crystal waters!

Syracuse: Ortigia Island and Caves Private Cruise with wine

5. Syracuse: Ortigia Island and Caves Private Cruise with wine

Discover the natural wonders of the Sicilian coast on a private boat tour departing from Syracuse. Enjoy a panoramic ride around the city's waterfront landmarks and sail away toward Ortigia Island for breathtaking views. Taste a traditional snack and some sparkling wine on board. Meet the crew in Syracuse and be welcomed aboard with a delicious Sicilian aperitif and a glass of Prosecco. Set sail toward the neighboring island of Ortigia, navigate along its shoreline, and see the incredible sea caves north of the city. Listen to insightful commentary from your skipper. Learn about local history and geography as you come across sites such as the Cathedral of Santa Lucia, a Jesuit church, the Castello Maniace, and many other major landmarks.

Private Multi-Day Sicily Food & Wine Lovers Tour: 8 Days

6. Private Multi-Day Sicily Food & Wine Lovers Tour: 8 Days

Day 1: (Taormina) Meet your driver at your arrival airport and transfer to your hotel to check in. Start with a private Taormina lifestyle and gourmet walking tour. Stroll in Taormina city center with your guide to discover the lifestyle and best places for traditional pastries, ice cream, coffee,  food and handicrafts. Pass important monuments and highlights with two foodie stops. Enjoy an evening in sparkling Taormina at your own leisure. Day 2: (Taormina) After breakfast, start your foodie experience with a local chef. Visit Taormina's food market, pass the stalls of farmers, fishermen and butchers to select your ingredients. Learn culinary secrets for homemade pasta and bread plus several fish and vegetables dishes in a traditional Sicilian style. Savor your food with wine, before taking an afternoon of leisure time in Taormina. Day 3: (Taormina, Savoca, Forza d'Agro) After breakfast in your hotel, head to small antique villages on the mountains. Stop at Forza d’Agro and then Savoca, site of the famous scenes of The Godfather. Learn the secrets of The Godfather movie and the traditions and culture of the locals. Stop for an aperitif in the famous Sicilian Bar Vitelli, and enjoy wine tasting and a light lunch in typical family taverna.  Day 4: (Etna, Syracuse) Move on to Syracuse past Mount Etna, famous for its unique volcanic wines and organic food. Visit a well–known winery for a wine tasting with typical organic appetizers. Explore the authentic farmhouse for lunch with seasonal antipasti, homemade pasta and Sicilian grilled meat. Finish your tour in a local pastry bar and taste Sicilian dolce and liquors. Head to your hotel in Syracuse and discover the town in the afternoon. Day 5: (Syracuse) Meet your crew in Ortigia port and enjoy a 1.5–hour boat tour. See Ortigia island, Castello Maniace, Aretusa Fountain, and the Spanish Walls from your traditional gozzo boat. Explore colorful sea caves and stop for a cool swim. Have a light lunch and drink a glass of Sicilian wine. Next, take a food and wine walking tour. Taste fresh Sicilian food and fragrant Syracuse wine in three different venues.  Day 6: (Palermo) Move on to Palermo after breakfast. Stop in an ancient winery for a guided visit, appreciate the wines produced here and compare them with Etna wines. Savor your lunch served outside. Check in to your Palermo hotel and explore the town in the evening. Day 7: (Palermo) Sample the best of Sicilian street food on a 3–hour walking tour of Palermo. Explore the fascinating culinary world of Sicily's capital and visit the famous Vucciria and Mercato del Capo outdoor markets. Taste five different Sicilian treats along the way. Pass through Palermo old town and see the highlights. Finish your tour in a characteristic  bar for a wine tasting with fresh appetizers. After your tour, enjoy free time in Palermo. Day 8: (Palermo) If required, your eighth day consists of departure from Palermo and transfers.

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What people are saying about Castello Maniace

Overall rating

5.0 / 5

based on 3 reviews

Thank you for the great trip. Steven was a great skipper, showed us beautiful parts of the coast and the caves. He even brought fresh fruit from his own garden for all the guests. We had some nice opportunities to go for a swim and go snorkeling. Highly recommended!

Had a lovely time! Steven was an excellent tour guide, he was very sympathetic and helpful to the sea sickness sufferers as well! Enjoyed the fresh fruit and Prosecco and highly recommend for a little day trip to see the island from a new angle.

Absolutely amazing tour. Would honestly go again. Especially we enjoyed the guide who created a wonderfull experience

Great to see Siracusa & Ortigia from the water & to have the opportunity to swim in special places.

Had fun, the swims and views were great and the fruit was a nice touch.