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Ear of Dionysius (Orecchio di Dionisio)

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Address: Parco Archeologico della Neapolis, Syracuse, Sicily, Italy
Phone Number: 093166206
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Very cool and unique to visit

I really enjoyed visiting here (and the rest of the archaeological park). Very unique to walk through and experience in person. The only negative is that there is no posted... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 4 weeks ago
Amy C
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

The walk around the archeological park is interesting with fairly good signage (but take a map, too) and places to get shade. The "Ear" is interesting - it's shape, depth and height make it unique and worth standing in - thinking of the prisoners held here in ancient time.

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Nijmegen, The Netherlands
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The 'Ear' was on our list of things to see when visiting Sicily and Syracuse. Heading for the beautiful Teatro Greco which is located within a parc with some of the main attractions inside we found out the 'Ear' was also included. If it would have been a touristic attraction to visit on it's own it would have been little... More 

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Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I really enjoyed visiting here (and the rest of the archaeological park). Very unique to walk through and experience in person. The only negative is that there is no posted information (a theme throughout Sicily, IMHO), so do your research before you visit.

Thank Amy C
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 54 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

A great site. Explore fully as there is much to see. Check the opening times of the museum as a combined ticket makes sense if you also want to see lots of pots and shards. This is the best site and really worth it.

Thank David S
Albany, NY
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The Ear of Dionysius is a partly man-made geological phenomenon that was used by a tyrant, Dionysius, to listen in on the conversations of prisoners that he was holding in the cave. The acoustics are astounding and everyone has to try at least one hand-clap. The more artistically talented may wish to attempt a short aria.

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Norfolk, Virginia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

If you're a Caravaggio fan, it's interesting to see the prison cell he named the "ear of Dionysus," and imagine yo're back in the early 17th century seeing it with the master. Can be crowded, but it's worth waiting for the crowds to thin so you can hear the acoustics by yourself.

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San Francisco, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Part of the Archaeological Park of Syracusa, the Ear--actually a tunnel excavated by the stonemasons who built the Greek Theater, etc.--is a welcome and cool relief at the end of the visit. The acoustics, like those of St. PAul's in London, or the U.S. Capitol, are weird, but entertaining. NOte that the Ear is not lighted..

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The archaeological park was just amazing and this was a highlight. As we were leaving the Ear of Dionysius the group still inside started singing and it was so beautiful to hear.

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Chelmsford, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

It is shaped like an ear and was so christened by Caravaggio because of this and its accoustic properties. The cave is huge but uless one had a torch it was not possible to explore deep inside as there was no lighting and the ground was uneven.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2015

This is a haunted cave with tremendously high ceilings. As you walk in it is dark, I recommend spending time inside and listening to the echoes.

Thank Amanda S

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