Ear Of DionysiusCurrently Closed
- Address: Parco Archeologico della Neapolis, Via Paradiso, 14 - 96100 Siracusa, Sicily, Italy, Syracuse
- Timings: 09:00 am - 06:00 pm Details
- Phone: +39-093166206
- Ticket Price: 10 EUR
- Time Required: 00:40 Mins
- Tags: Cave, Geological Formation, Historical Site
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.
- Other contact number: +39 093165068
- 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.
- By Bus: Interbus Spa (3 kilometers away)
- By Train: Siracusa Train station (3 kilometers away)
- On Foot
- By renting electrical bicycle/ bike/ scooter/ car
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69.18% of people who visit Syracuse include Ear Of Dionysius in their plan
1 PM - 2 PM
40.74% of people start their Ear Of Dionysius visit around 1 PM - 2 PM
People usually take around 30 Minutes to see Ear Of Dionysius
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The cave is in an old limestone quarry that is part of the Archaeological Park. Nobody seems sure if it'snatural or not, but it seems unlikely that anything so unusual would be artificial. It's a walk in and out visit, but still amazing, and the surroundings are beautiful
Interesting space visually and acoustically. Pretty cool cave basically. No information about what it actually is/was, however! Gardens nice too.
Here is very historical place that you may have interesting. The service of place is also good (but the first time visitors may be frustrated of malformation for where you enter for visiting. As I share the photos, you can buy a ticket for entering two places including Ear of Dionysius and Greek Theater. This place is so big and magnificent, and the inside of ear is fabulous. The entrance fee is a little expensive but valuable to see.
It's nothing special if you have seen an amphitheatre and a cave before then probably a 2 star attraction. 10 Euros seems excessive and out of 10 archeological sites only 4 were open. Really 3 stars is generous but the structures are interesting so not a completely wasted trip.
Interesting rock formation and mythology that goes with it, not very accessible for those of limited mobility due to flights of steps and distance from entry gate. You need to avoid the tour groups (if you can!) to get a good feel for the site.