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“great history, poor facilities.”

Parco Archeologico della Neapolis
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: This archeological site contains the most complete Greek Theater existing from antiquity.
Bath, United Kingdom
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“great history, poor facilities.”
Reviewed March 20, 2014

The Greek theatre is fascinating, once you find the ticket office (it's past the tourist stalls in the car park opposite the main gate). As everyone says, few signs or info for your E10 and half the site is closed with makeshift barriers. Feels like the authorities and the staff have lost interest. No access to half the Roman theatre, the quarries or any of the altar site when we visited. Disappointed.

Visited March 2014
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Island of Malta, Malta
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“A gem in an urban setting”
Reviewed November 30, 2013

This is a mixture of Greek and Roman installations tucked away within a town. The park has two entrances, the secondary entrance being some considerable distance from the ticket office and so we recommend parking at the main entrance. Once parked it is quite entertaining trying to find the ticket office hidden amongst a mass of souvenir shops.

Guides are available speaking in a variety of languages, but we just visited the various attractions unaccompanied. A guide might have been useful as the information available at the various antiquities was very limited. We visited the Roman temple, the Roman amphitheatre, the Greek theatre, the Necropolis and the Ear of Dyonisus. The temple had once been used to sacrifice enough oxen to supply McDonalds, but the real treasure in the park was the Greek theatre. It was enormous and reasonably well preserved. Unlike some of the antiquities, the public are allowed to explore it.

We would recommend this park for both archeology enthusiasts and more casual visitors. having so many antiquities within a short walk is very unusual.

Visited October 2013
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Melbourne, Australia
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“Sicily- old and new”
Reviewed November 11, 2013

You can learn a lot about Sicily at this site- the Greek and Roman influences in the remarkable amphitheatres. The ear is also spectacular reached by walking through shaded woods. However you will also learn about the frustration of travelling in Sicily and the lack of effort to cater for visitors. Despite there bing ticket boxes at the sites they are unstaffed and you have to buy tickets several hundred metres away at some hidden building. You only learn this when you get to the entrance! The fee provides nothing other than entrance- no map or guide. The few staff are uninterested and and if they know anything about the site they don't share it. This lack of assistance is a boon for guides who tout for business but who knows their qualifications. There are no signs or information at the various viewing points. Much of the park is closed to visitors. Generally the park is poorly maintained. If you go, go via the ticket box at the side rear of the souvenir area and buy a guide book or join a group tour. Otherwise it takes no more than an hour or two.

Visited October 2013
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“From quarry to temple.”
Reviewed October 30, 2013

We started at the top of the Greek Theatre, which could hold a 15,000 crowd. Behind was the Nymphaeum with a waterfall/spring fed by an aqueduct from distant hills
The huge quarries were originally underground and include a cave used as a rope walk well into recent times. A deep , tall cave called The Ear if Dionysius is about 80 ft high and more than 200 feet long it was quarried for years to provide fine stone.
On the other side of the road near the entrance gates is the Roman amphitheatre now occasionally used for rock concerts!

Visited October 2013
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Penryn, United Kingdom
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“Pity some of it is closed...”
Reviewed October 28, 2013

There is so much here, but.... First, you have to figure out where the ticket office is. We milled around for a while near the coach park, couldn't find anything which seemed tickety and open, so went down towards the Greek theatre. Ten minutes later we were redirected back to the coach park, where we did find a rather poorly signposted ticket office. So back to the theatre. It's a good example. I naturally tried out addressing the audience from the threshing floor. Clever those Greeks. Naturally it was roped off, but this is Italy, where these things are advisory rather than mandatory. I like their relaxed attitude. Up at the top are springs (well, the outlet of an aqueduct) and what seem like rock cut tombs. A bit of explanation might have been enlightening (i.e. buy the guide book!). Within the same complex are some huge caves, including the ear of Dionysus. Worth seeing, but bring a torch. Sadly most of the grounds are not just roped off (see above) but the paths are quite overgrown and they are clearly not to be accessed. Which is a great pity. This includes Archimedes tomb (so called) which would have been a nice attraction. The Roman amphitheatre was open to the public, though you are restricted to the 'public' parts rather than the amphitheatre itself. Not easy to work out just what was going on there. and we did find somewhere to park for free. If you want to steep yourself in a bit more Syracusan history it's a place to go, though they are very quiet about the captives/hostages gained from the Sicilian expedition. A long time ago!

Visited October 2013
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