The Maniace castle

The Maniace castle is one of the most important monuments of the Swabian time in Syracuse and one of the most famous castles Frederick.
The castle presents a powerful quadrilateral structure of 51 meters on each side of about 12 m of severe aspect height by virtue of its defensive purposes. At the four corners of the building are four cylindrical towers harmoniously inserted in the masonry.
Castel Maniace is available from Piazza Frederick of Swabia .

Crossing the next courtyard stands a stone bridge alleging a door with side columns, the Spanish era (XVI century). The average thickness of the main wall is about 3.5 m. The main facade is oriented towards Ortigia sides to the northeast and to the southwest of the building at the time were on the sea, and so remained until the sixteenth century when the Spaniards erected the two respective buttresses.

Entrance fee: € 4.00 Reduced: € 2.00 (aged between 18 and 25 years old)
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Necropoli di Pantalica

Naturalistic and archaeological destinations in the province of Syracuse. The site name seems to derive from the Arabic Buntarigah, which means caves, for the obvious presence of multiple natural and artificial caves .

It constitutes one of the most important places Sicilian proto , which is useful for understanding the moment of transition from the Bronze Age to the Iron Age in the island.

In 2005 the site was awarded, along with the city of Syracuse, the title of Heritage Site by UNESCO for the high historical, archaeological, caving and landscape.

The resort of Pantalica has given its name to a famous story by Vincenzo Consolo, The Pantalica stones , in which the plateau becomes a metaphor of human life.

The Cathedral of Syracuse and its Square

The cathedral stands on the highest part of the island of Ortigia , incorporating what was the main temple of the sacred Doric polis of Syrakousai, dedicated to Athena (Minerva) and converted into a church with the advent of Christianity.

Considered the most important church in the city of Syracuse, it became part of the goods protected by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site. His style is mostly Baroque and Rococo outside, while inside alternates parts dating back to the Sicilians, as belonging to the greek temple and parts dating back to medieval times, built by the Normans to the six hundred and so left until present days . Its internal structure is composed in different aisles and chapels, which have a classic style and decorated, also typical of the baroque.

Of great religious significance, it holds statues, relics and remains of saints, martyrs and noble Syracusan. Its furnishings have seen a succession of artists from all over Italy and abroad. Always Syracuse symbol of religiosity, the cathedral through the various stages of historical and cultural cities.

Inside there is the precious silver simulacrum of Saint Lucia .