Ipogeo di Piazza Duomo
Ipogeo di Piazza Duomo
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Lawrence P
11 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2021 • Couples
Walking across the piazza in front of the Duomo can generate some awe inspiring feelings. In part, the architecture, the antiquity and when you walk over to the unobtrusive looking gate under what looks like a garden, curiosity.

A few euros provides access to an amazing underground experience. When you stop to think that thousands of Ortigian residents crammed into the carved out tunnel below the Duomo and piazza to avoid the bombing raids, you are drawn into an almost otherworldly mindset.

This is well worth the cost and make sure you walk the tunnel into the cistern room. You will be amazed. I guarantee!
Written September 12, 2021
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Lizzy18
Sydney, Australia305 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2018 • Couples
Really enjoyed this very interesting site/ attraction. Extremely well done, also very thought provoking as I had no idea that Syracusa was so torn apart, bombed, destroyed during the war.
Wonderful video footage shown in the cave area, excellent pictorial summary of how this tunnel system was used.
I highly recommend this place to visit
Written October 2, 2018
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KTGP
Adelaide, Australia5,873 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2016 • Solo
The Ipogei di Piazza del Duomo consisits of tunnels and is entered near the garden of the Archbishop’s Palace in Piazza del Duomo and exits on Foro Vittorio Emanuele II, (commonly referred to as Foro Italico) which is on the sea front, virtually in a straight line from the Duomo. The tunnels are made up of stone quarries and cisterns and supposedly date back to the Greek period, the stone for the façade of the Duomo came from here in the 18th century and the water system put in during the early 1600’s supplied all of Ortigia. During WWII the tunnels were used as a bomb shelter.

In May there was an exhibition of clothing and props from the tragedies performed at the Greek Theatre. Running water, shadows, and passages, I was the only person down here which was a little unsettling but it was very interesting all the same. Entry is €5.
Written August 29, 2016
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jcrossBdV
South Brunswick, NJ796 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2015 • Family
OK it is cool when outside is boiling, but there is little to see, unless you want to test your echo-skills in the bishop chamber. Even worse - this summer they had a Greek theatre revival cluttering the tunnels and covering the very few bits of information on the use of the tunnel in WW2 (after having seen the Dover tunnels, also used in WW2, now a hi-tech exhibition) the kids were rather looking forwards to this. What a disappointment.
The lady at the top was helpful and friendly and warned us that the guy at the lower exit was late, so we visited the duomo and got back... thinking 11 o'clock was late enough... no. By the time we got to the lower exit (and that was not very much after we left the top entrance) he was not there yet, so we had to walk back up... lots of steps.
AVOID... save the 5 euro per adult for ice-creams.
Written August 25, 2015
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Sicily28
14 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2018 • Family
We read lots of reviews of these tunnels which are extraordinary. The kids loved the spaces - interpretation is really poor and there is so much to say. BUT what we found amassing was discovering a room that had extraordinary sound reverberation. All of us (kids included) found this amazing. If you sing three notes they sing back to you!!...we went three times in our visit. Nobody mentions this which I found incredible. We loved it.
Written October 27, 2018
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Ali F
Oxford, UK127 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2018 • Couples
This is just to the right of the Duomo, not very well signposted but a really interesting place.
The tunnels go under the Duomo and end at the harbour, they were used in WW2 as air raid shelters. The video shown in the tunnel is about 20mins long but worth watching. It is supplied by the imperial war museum but some of the footage is very graphic.
Would recommend a visit.
Approx €5 each but worth it.
Written July 6, 2018
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Danubegal
Tutrakhan, Silistra, Bulgaria141 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2018 • Solo
Many visitors seem not to have been impressed with this place, but I was and spent several hours in it. It depends on what you were expecting. Maybe because my expectations were low, I got more than I thought I would. Particularly impressive for me were the remains of Greek shafts and wells, and the many purposes to which these tunnels have been put over the years. I loved the slideshow with its many images of the area, and the shots of military activity during the war. I also very much enjoyed the book collection where you could have a good look at shots of Ortigia over the years. Time and money well spent.
Written January 13, 2018
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J C
8 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2017 • Friends
An atmospheric collection of tunnels, well lit with fascinating but seemingly random information boards, some about the place itself and others about other parts of Sicilian history, as a result there's no coherent explanation of the story. The exit is in a completely different street to the entrance which is down steep steps making the attraction disability unfriendly, although this problem could be solved by allowing entry through the street level exit door.
5euro entrance ticket a little expensive for what's down there.
Written November 25, 2017
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Ty M
United Kingdom56 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2016 • Friends
Under the duomo in the tunnels that were used diring the war but have a history much older. Strongly suggest a guided tour as no English on the written displays and when Imoverheard part of a tour, the guide was saying things that weren't even indicated in Italian. Enjoyed it but feel we missed so much by not knowing the full story
Written August 19, 2016
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ljubimci
Belgrade, Serbia855 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
We've spent days trying to realise wheter Ipogeo works or not, and finally we managed to go in. On Wednesdays it has a new time of working from 15:30 - 18:00 and it was just a perfect timing for us. We've had an Italian speaking tour guide so we didnt understand much, but he really gave his best to present us the parts of this attraction amd tell a part of its history. It has also pictures and tables with the text inside so you can realise on your own what it is all about, and again it was an unique expirience... walking down the hallways of a hidden town where many people were spending war times, and survived. If you are in Siracusa, its just a few steps away from the main Cathedral in Ortygia, and it doesnt take much time to go inside and see.
Written August 7, 2014
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