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“Overgrown and poor advice” 1 of 5 stars
Review of Greek Theater

Greek Theater
Via Paradiso, 14 | Parco Archeologico della Neapolis, 96100 Syracuse, Sicily, Italy
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Ranked #12 of 95 things to do in Syracuse
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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Owner description: This well-preserved Greek theater (5th-centry B.C.) is still used for performances of classical works.
Sydney Australia
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“Overgrown and poor advice”
1 of 5 stars Reviewed December 19, 2012

We were disappointed to get there and you can nearly see it for overgrown weeds and grass. It obviously rates well to history buffs but a real disappointment for the every day tourist. We weren't told that we needed a ticket and as t was all closed at the office, but after walking all the way in we were asked for a ticket by one of four men standing around watching another do some concreting . When we said we didn't have he hunted us out and laughed with all the others,

Visited December 2012
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“Culture, Architecture & History, all in one package.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 3, 2012

The Greek Theatre in the Archeological Park, is well preserved and from it's top, commands a view eastwards across Siracusa and Ortigia to the bay, called the Mar Ionio. The modern dome of the Santuario Fiorito (Madonna delle Lacrima) can be viewed clearly in the forefront (built to represent a giant tear).
Access to the Greek Theatre is via a hidden box office, badly signposted, across from the Main Entrance to the Archeological Park, at the end of a square of shops and stalls. (Look out for "Biglietteria"). Be warned - the park closes sharply at 5.30pm - we found the perimeter gates locked at 5.32pm and no one had bothered to check for remaining visitors in or around the Greek Theatre! We were locked in and only by chance did we see an employee leaving by car, whom we stopped and after some difficulty, made him get the keys to the gate. He was not happy!
Entry to the Archeological Park gives you access to the Roman Amphitheatre as well as the Greek Theatre; also to Dionisus' Ear, a natural cave more than 70 feet high (23 metres) and some other unspecified ruins along the way.
There are also some splendid paths through the park which afford cool shade in the height of a hot summer sun - well worth a visit (around 10 Euros p/p when we visited).
It's a pity there isn't any more information offered at these ancient sites - a common failure in Italy - and when occasionally there is, it is only in Italian, completely igoring the majority of foreign tourists who keep these sites financed. Some bulletins of information would make visits to these amazing heritage sites much more interesting and rewarding (Italian Ministry of Tourism, please note).

Visited October 2012
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“Let's be honest!”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2012

I know, the theater was carved from the hill, which makes it unique in the world. But I was expecting more. So, a bit of deception here. I preferred the theater at Taormina and the one at Catania.

Visited November 2012
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“A majestic Site”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 13, 2012

After visiting the Archaeological Museum, we went to the Greek Theater. This is one of the best preserved Greek Theaters in the world and a must see when visiting Siracusa. Combine the visit with visiting the Archaeological Museum, the Caves of Dionisio and the Catacombs.

Visited October 2012
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“Wonderful”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 12, 2012

Set in the archialogical site, the Greek theatre is the cream. An amazingly well preserved theatre with caves around and views to the coast.

Visited October 2012
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