Eurialo Castle

Eurialo Castle, Syracuse: Hours, Address, Eurialo Castle Reviews: 3.5/5

Eurialo Castle
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Lomeo1965
London, UK109 contributions
Exceeded expectations
Mar 2020 • Couples
It’s amazing really, this is one of the most important castles of the Classical Greek period in existence, perhaps the best preserved, with extensive remains and its in a beautiful setting, yet the Sicilians don’t seem to want anybody to come here. The tourist info office near the duomo in Syracuse told us it was only open Thursday morning, but the friendly old guy at the ticket office told us it was open every day. Okay, so it’s March and everyone is freaked out by the Coronavirus, but we were the only ones there.

You need to get a bus from the bus station which is in the middle of the green bit at the end of the mainland side of the Corso Umberto (despite what the timetables and google maps say). Don’t know what it costs as the driver didn’t seem to know how the ticket machine worked, but not much. Both the 25 and 26 run only every 1.5 hours, both on circular routes. The 25 is quicker to get to the castle, the 26 quicker too come back. Going there - keep an eye on google maps a night he button just before you pass the entrance which is down a drive, and you’ll be dropped off just past it. There’s no bus stop. To come back we walked to Belvedere where there is a bus stop (for interbus) for the 25 on the Main Street opposite a supermarket. For the 26 it’s across the road to the right, but maybe not a bus stop. Or you can risk trying to pick one up at any random point. They go in opposite directions. Our return bus was 10 minutes early. That’s Sicily!
Written 5 March 2020
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Helen M
Taynuilt, UK11 contributions
A wonderful visit
Sep 2019 • Couples
The castle was open! The views from the castle ruins were amazing over the whole bay of Siracusa and over towards Mount Etna. We followed the paths around the site and particularly enjoyed the 180m long tunnel used by the soldiers to get around as well as the Dionysus walls and inner courtyard. A polite and friendly welcome at the ticket office and a look at the small collection of antiquities afterwards. Really worth going. We caught the 25 bus from via Rubino which goes every hour and a half. We could have also caught the 26. Buy your ticket first from the kiosk in the square. Bus stops are not marked so had to ask where to stand for the return journey! Same side for 25 return and opposite side of road for 26.
Written 26 September 2019
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Eli B
Sydney, Australia3,697 contributions
The wind whispers historical murmurs in the quiet of late afternoon
May 2019
At the northern extremity of Dionysius’s city, some 8km from Ortigia is what was considered in 408-397bc, the most sophisticated fortifications of the time, with an elaborate system of tunnels and sallyports. It had to be good for it withstood two years siege by the Romans. We found it particularly atmospheric in the late afternoon,as other tourists depart, leaving us to the sound of the wind
Written 16 August 2019
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Giuseppe F
Auderghem, Belgium28 contributions
Fantastic historical site. What a pity often closed!
Nov 2017 • Couples
It's the biggest and widest fortress of ancient times.
It's a pity that Sicilian authorithies don't give a dam to promote their treasures!
Was often closed when we came to visit but , once there, we esclated the fence beside the gate!
Take the time to read the notice and the reconstuction drawing on the site
The site is faboulous and the view astonishing!
Written 9 October 2018
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CJeremyL
Shaftesbury, UK1,012 contributions
Hopeless
Sep 2017 • Friends
We were a group of 8 who, having consulted the website for opening hours, travelled from Acireale N of Catania to view it - it was closed. A neighbour informed us that it had closed for the winter!!
Written 9 October 2017
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godago
el cerrito44 contributions
Closed When I Visited
Sep 2017 • Solo
The site was closed with no indication of when it would reopen. Check before going. The redeeming feature is that the view from this spot will never close. You can follow a gravel road around the east side of the site to peek over the fence/gate and let your imagination run wild.
Written 21 September 2017
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inuvit
canada68 contributions
Interesting
Apr 2017 • Couples
This site has not been restored as some but still is very captivating.The ruins have been overrun by amazing fields of flowers and the subterranean tunnels are very interesting. It has an incredible feel about it.Certainly worth the visit for an hour or so.
Written 28 April 2017
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Michael V
Melbourne, Australia288 contributions
a niche within a niche
Apr 2017 • Couples
Our guidebook suggested this place for the views, and that is undoubtedly the case, particularly for those interested in views of petrochemical plants. The ruins themselves are interesting to walk around, but without a guidebook or some previous preparation, much of the importance of the place is difficult to absorb -- there are very few signs explaining the context. To each his/her own; in retrospect we would have preferred to spend the time in the archaeological park and museum.
Written 27 April 2017
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rob2269
Grand Junction, CO473 contributions
Difficult to find, but worth the trouble
Jan 2017 • Solo
I heard about the site from my host, otherwise I would have missed it and this was my third trip to Siricusa. The castle is in serious need of promotion. Spend some time researching ancient Greek fortifications as the few minutes of research will make the site visit a treasure.

I spent two days trying to get to the place. I took the wrong bus and spent a day circling about until I had to return to Siricusa and do something else. The second day, I hired my AirBnB host to drive me to the site. He pointed out the correct bus stop to return to the city and gave me some return bus times. I then proceeded to thoroughly enjoy the castle. Take a snack, then sit and enjoy the view. And as noted at many Italian venues, there is no toilet paper, so make sure you have some stashed in the event you use the basic toilet facilities.
Written 23 February 2017
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Alasdair R
Unzent, France19 contributions
Strong on history, weak on advertising!
Oct 2016 • Couples
The Eurialo castle just outside Siracuse is, as the guide says, "the most monumental building in the history of Greek military history". But you would be hard pressed to know that from the way it is marketed. It is not easy to find by car, with signs for the castle only appearing once you are in the vicinity, but it is well worth the search ( and asking locals for directions is good for your Italian language skills). The Castle is spread out over some considerable area on the top of a hill overlooking Siracuse and consequently has some remarkable views of the city and the sea beyond. It is easily accessible and the leaflet, which serves as a guide (though you can get a guided visit) directs you, with the help of signposts, to the different parts of the fortress. There is enough of the castle standing to give you a good idea of how imposing it must have been, and the galleries can, with a little imagination, still seem to echo with the footsteps of Greek soldiers. There is a model of how it may have looked in the little museum on the site, but this more resembles an iced cake than a castle, I thought. There are a few artifacts from the site, but the majority were moved to the museum in Siracuse.
There doesn't seem to be a clear consensus on opening times, so it would be better to check before you go. Oh, and take loo paper, the toilets don't appear to provide this.
Written 9 October 2016
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