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“Entry to the Roman Amphitheatre and the Altar of Hieron II is free” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Anfiteatro Romano

Anfiteatro Romano
Syracuse, Sicily, Italy
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Ranked #37 of 57 Attractions in Syracuse
Type: Ancient Ruins, Landmarks/ Points of Interest, Cultural
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“Entry to the Roman Amphitheatre and the Altar of Hieron II is free”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2013

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.

Visited June 2013
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“A Rip Off”
1 of 5 stars Reviewed November 6, 2012

We actually came in through the back and were able to see a few of the ruins, including the anfiteatro Romano without a ticket. The signage was poor and we had to ask to find the ticket office. We purchased our tickets (€10.00 each) and there were no maps, information or brochures in English. We couldn't find the entrance until we asked one of the shop merchants. The lady at the entrance gatte continued the attitude of total indifference to us when we tried to get more information. We wandered around and found it quite underwhelming, with most accesses block off, overgrown, not well maintained and little or no signs. The Greek anfiteatro is very impressive, but not worth the price. There are lots of other, just as impressive ruins for much less (Taormina, is one, plus it has a lovely view).

Visited October 2012
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“Well maintained, and beautiful”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2012

A must see if in the neighborhood, it's very well maintained, and all you need to do is picture the Gladiators in the ring to get the full feeling of the place.

Visited June 2012
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“Worth the walk”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2012

Magical atmosphere and a beautiful spot. You can almost hear the cheering crowd.

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“Badly overgrown”
1 of 5 stars Reviewed November 23, 2011

Whilst its walls were raided of stone to build other structures there appears to have been little attention paid in recent years to the maintenance of this attraction as it is badly overgrown and rundown. Part of the Parco Archeologico della Neapolis. Same ticket gains you entry to the Greek Theatre and Gardens of Paridise - cost euro9-00. If this was an attraction on its own you would pass. See my full review under "Archeological zone".

Visited October 2011
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