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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: Ortigia Sunset Cruise with Aperitif or Platter

2. Syracuse: Ortigia Sunset Cruise with Aperitif or Platter

Discover the caves and coves of Ortigia Island and admire a spectacular sunset on a sunset cruise. Savor prosecco with a tasting platter showcasing the best of local restaurant produce during your boat tour. Begin the cruise by sailing toward the exit from the small port and heading toward the north coast. Here, meet the Capuchin cove and the first Capuchin cave before passing in front of the dolphin-shaped rock. Next, enter the Coral Caves and marvel at the walls of soft red coral in each cave. Continue to the Grotta Dell’Amore, where the local partner will take photos you can collect at the end of the tour. After, enter the largest cave on the Syracusan coast, the Grotta delle Stalattiti. See the impressive variety and play of colors formed inside the cave, as well as the strange shapes created naturally by the force of the waves and humidity. Then, tuck into the onboard platter and uncork a delicious prosecco as you begin to return to Ortigia Island. On the way, stop for a swim in crystal-clear waters near Maniace Castle. Hop back on the boat and wait for the sunset to arrive as you listen to the onboard music, played throughout the cruise. After admiring the sunset, conclude the tour by passing under the Umbertino Bridge.

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: Ortygia and Maniace Sunset Walking Tour

4. Syracuse: Ortygia and Maniace Sunset Walking Tour

During the hot summer months the best moment to visit Sicily's towns is at sunset. Ortygia and Maniace at sunset is a late afternoon tour to discover Syracuse's old town center and the Maniace castle, the most important medieval building in town. The tour is lead by an expert, professional guide and small groups are guaranteed. The tour starts at the Apollo temple, at the entrance of Ortygia, where you will learn more about this ancient building but also about the history of Syracuse one of the most important ancient Greek colonies. But Ortygia offers to visitors monuments and details dating back also to the middle-age and to the baroque century. The walk will take you to Piazza Archimede to admire the neoclassic Diana fountain and to Piazza Duomo, the main square with the beautiful baroque cathedral. Then you will continue along the beautiful seaside walk, built on the ancient walls of the town. The guide will lead you to the tip of the island telling about the life in ancient and modern Syracuse. The Maniace castle is an important medieval fortress, built by the emperor Frederick II of Swabia. During the visit you will also visit the interiors of the castle (entrance fee not included) and it will be possible to take some pictures of the beautiful panorama over the bay. The walking tour ends at sunset, reaching the legendary Arethusa spring, also famous for its papyrus plants.

Syracuse: Ortigia Island and Sea Caves Sightseeing Cruise

5. 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!

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What people are saying about Castello Maniace

Overall rating

5.0 / 5

based on 3 reviews

This was one of our favorite experiences during our time in Ortigia - we went on the earliest outing times possible (9:30am) which helped stave off the heat and the more crowded outings. The captain took us to a couple spots we could swim off the boat, showed us some really cool caves and told us highlights about the various buildings and structures along the coastline and city's edge. It was very cool to see Ortigia and Siracusa from the boat - totally different perspective. The water was amazingly clear and a great temperature, and we also enjoyed fresh fruit and some Prosecco. Would recommend this in a heartbeat!

Nice variety, beautiful views, a nice tour around Ortygia, nice swim, delicious with fruit and prosecco in abundance Steven was a good guide and gave us a nice afternoon The boat was certainly not too full and was covered

It was a great experience. We had a good time, we had a good time also because there were only 8 of us on the boat. The guide, Gaetano, was super nice and efficient. Experience to try absolutely.

Awesome trip! Everything was as described, superb view, drinks and fruits on board. A guide at the top!

Super nice tour, very friendly agency staff. He recommended the tour to a thousand.