Ear Of Dionysius , Syracuse

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Address: Parco Archeologico della Neapolis, Via Paradiso, 14 - 96100 Siracusa, Sicily, Italy, Syracuse

Phone: +39-093166206

Ticket Price: 10 EUR

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Timings: 09:00 am - 06:00 pm Details

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About Ear Of Dionysius , Syracuse

Located in the Parco Archeologico della Neapolis, the Ear of Dionysuis is a cave believed to be formed during the construction of a quarry. The ear shaped opening of the cave is what gives it its name and with a height of 23 meters that extends to a height of 65 meters towards the back, the place is one of the most historically controversial places around the globe.

It is said that Dionysius I of Syracuse would use this place as a prison and would eavesdrop on their conversations and secrets that was easy to hear owing to the acoustics of the place. Another legend state that the cave was carved out by him to magnify the screams of the prisoners when they were tortured. 

Geological studies claim that the cave might be carved out by a water body (signified by the polished edges of the cave – something that the quarries would easily overlook). However, no matter what its story of origin, today, the place is a highlight of the archaeological park and is worth a pit-stop when you visit Syracuse. 

Ear Of Dionysius Ticket Prices

Admission Fee:

  • Adult foreigner: € 10.00
  • Reduction for group:s € 5.00
  • Reduction for residents of Siracusa and its province: € 1.00
  • Free for members of the European Community over 65 and under 18
  • Cumulative Ticket Park and Museum:  € 13.50 ; reduction € 7.00
  • Cumulative Ticket Park and Villa Tellaro: € 12.00 ; reduction € 6.00
  • Cumulative Ticket Park and Gallery Bellomo: € 13.50 ; reduction € 7.00
  • Cumulative Ticket Park, Museum P.Orsi, Bellomo Gallery and Villa Tellaro: € 24.00 ; € 12.00 reduction

For disabled people and their companion the entrance is free

How To reach Ear Of Dionysius by Public Transport

  • Bus: at Interbus Spa (3 kilometers away)
  • Train: Siracusa Train station (3 kilometers away)
  • On Foot
  • By renting electrical bicycle/ bike/ scooter/ car

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Ear Of Dionysius , Syracuse Reviews

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  • The ancient theatres are the big draw, but the Ear of Dionysius is the most impressive sight. You can walk into the carved cave, listen to echoes and reach the sheer stone wall at the end. It is a shallow cave, well lit at the entrance, quite dark at the end. There is light throughout but it takes a bit of time for one's eyes to adjust meat the end. The floor is smooth and easy to walk on, not like a natural cave at all

  • In the summer (when the magnificent Greek theater is more or less covered to preserve it for stage presentations) this antiquity almost makes up for the anticlimactic price of admission to see a scene of wood, modern lighting and sound systems around the corner in the main exhibit. It's like Petra in Jordan in that you can't quite place how it was used in its prime when visiting (although Wikipedia offers some useful-if-generalized clues). But the sounds and sublime intensity of the site makes it an entirely worthwhile visit.

  • Amazing quarry carved out of the bedrock. Note the marks from the hammers and chisels used to cut the rock, all the way up to the top, and then consider that some people (e.g. Wikipedia) claim that this is a natural cave! Well worth the visit .

  • It's very beautiful place where to sing

  • You should sing Bohemian Rhapsody when in the cave. VERY NICE

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