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Archaeological Zone (Zona Archeologica)

Corso Gelone | Viale Teracrati, Syracuse, Sicily, Italy
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Ranked #37 of 60 attractions in Syracuse
Type: Historic Sites, Ancient Ruins
Traveler Description: Syracuse was settled in mid-eighth century BC by Greeks from Corinth, who settled on the island of Ortigia. The charm of Syracuse and its history and... more »
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Sydney, Australia
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189 reviews 189 reviews
140 attraction reviews
63 helpful votes 63 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2014

Ticket purchase to the park is nowhere near the entrance to the park. And my tour driver said they seem to move it regularly and it keeps getting further away, maybe so you have to walk past all the souvenir shops first. Maps aren't freely offered, you have to ask, and even then it was difficult to navigate around as... More

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Richmond, Virginia
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332 reviews 332 reviews
171 attraction reviews
377 helpful votes 377 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 10, 2014

After spending the day before in Agrigento and Piazza Armerina I was expecting a continued tour of amazing Greek and Roman ruins. The ruins in Syracuse disappointed in that regard. The main attraction, the amphitheater just didn't amaze. Maybe because it has been converted too much for modern use and that modification takes away from the splendor. So save your... More

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Addis Ababa
5 reviews 5 reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed June 3, 2014

I have to agree with all the NEGATIVE comments about visiting this site. It is ONE BIG RIP OFF so I warn anyone who is expecting to have an enjoyable visit to a maintained archaeological siet. After all it does cost 10 Euros for enry so one would expect something to see and some maintenance. However, for your 10 EUROS... More

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Beverley, United Kingdom
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37 reviews 37 reviews
9 attraction reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2014

They must decide whether this is a natural monument or a tourist attraction. If it's a natural monument, I would expect it to look natural, without signs or information but to be free entry. If it's a tourist attraction, you should have to pay but there should be information and the place should be well looked after - no rubbish,... More

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Guildford, United Kingdom
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88 reviews 88 reviews
26 attraction reviews
58 helpful votes 58 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2014

You follow the big flags to a parking lot where you pay to leave your car. You then walk a little way along to the entrance with signs to the ticket office. You can't get in , so you go to the next one. Two windows were open so we and others approached to get our tickets so that we... More

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Lucca, Italy
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33 reviews 33 reviews
11 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 6, 2014

Yes, there are not enough signs and yes, they have hidden the ticket booth past all the quite interesting tourist shops (some of the best tourist chachkas we've seen in Sicily at reasonable prices, if you like or want that sort of thing) all the way up the hill from at least one of the parking lots but -- that... More

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London, United Kingdom
14 reviews 14 reviews
3 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 5, 2014

Arch museo was fantastic, almost too good, too much although in reality most of the artefacts were from the catacombs and the changing conventions of what might be stored, conveyed, afterwards. Think about that. Unlike the rather shambolic archaelogical zone which included some rock formations and the big draws of the Greek and Roman amphi-theatres, the former for comic plays... More

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Bath, United Kingdom
16 reviews 16 reviews
3 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 20, 2014

The Greek theatre is fascinating, once you find the ticket office (it's past the tourist stalls in the car park opposite the main gate). As everyone says, few signs or info for your E10 and half the site is closed with makeshift barriers. Feels like the authorities and the staff have lost interest. No access to half the Roman theatre,... More

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Island of Malta, Malta
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67 reviews 67 reviews
34 attraction reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 30, 2013

This is a mixture of Greek and Roman installations tucked away within a town. The park has two entrances, the secondary entrance being some considerable distance from the ticket office and so we recommend parking at the main entrance. Once parked it is quite entertaining trying to find the ticket office hidden amongst a mass of souvenir shops. Guides are... More

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Melbourne, Australia
17 reviews 17 reviews
3 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed November 12, 2013

You can learn a lot about Sicily at this site- the Greek and Roman influences in the remarkable amphitheatres. The ear is also spectacular reached by walking through shaded woods. However you will also learn about the frustration of travelling in Sicily and the lack of effort to cater for visitors. Despite there bing ticket boxes at the sites they... More

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