I'll agree with the previous contributor that signage is seriously lacking in Syracuse's main Archaeological Zone. But entry to the Roman amphitheatre is free, so it can hardly be described as a rip-off. The ticket to the Parco Archeologico covers the Greek Theatre, the Nymphaum, and the Latomia del Paradiso, including the Ear of Dionysius. The ticket office for those, from recollection, is on your left, a little past the entrance to the Roman amphitheatre and the Ara di Gerone II (Altar of Hieron II), another ruin you can see without a ticket, although that one's fenced off. Certainly the area hasn't been well maintained. Spaniards in a past century saw fit to use part of this area as a quarry when building the walls of Ortigia. You can hardly blame today's administration for what happened so long ago. If you take the history into consideration the amphitheatre is remarkably well preserved, and with just a little bit of imagination you can still see where the gladiators came into the arena and where the animals were kept.
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