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“Better than in Greece”
Review of Greek Theater

Greek Theater
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Owner description: This well-preserved Greek theater (5th-centry B.C.) is still used for performances of classical works.
Omsk, Russia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 165 helpful votes
“Better than in Greece”
Reviewed September 4, 2012

It's easy to lose your bearings there, as there are no clear directions along the roads, when you finally get there you find out that tickets are sold not at the entrance but at tourist coaches parking and working hours are irregular, then you have to go back to the entrance (as usual there are no directions, you just follow the crowd). Nobody checks you tickets when you enter (if you've entered hoping to get the tickets inside, you're mistaken, you'll have to go back), they do when you want to see Dionisy's Ear.
But when you finally reach your destination - the Greek theatre you'll forget about the poor organisation of the site. It's one of the best-preserved Greek theatres (even those in Greece are in a worse condition).

Visited October 2011
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“Silly organized, impressing theatre”
Reviewed August 16, 2012

In Italy, you get many chances to witness first hand the reasons behind the public deficits. For instance, three people control the tickets of the small trickle of tourists at the entrance to the Greek theatre. Do they sell tickets? No, unfortunately. You have to go back about 600 meters (in 40 degrees heat) completely outside the ruin park, through at tourist trash market to find the likewise overstaffed ticket office.

So why couldn't they sell tickets at the entrance? Nobody offered any explanation, but you could see from their attitude and hear from their voices that they had no intention whatsoever to do anything about it ever. In this otherwise quite efficient and impressive country, pockets of the public sector seem to live in a state of apathy where any reform is utterly unthinkable.

After having read this, you will certainly buy tickets before entering the park. And you will see a huge, almost intact Greek amphitheatre that was already hundreds of years old when Roman politician Cicero visited it two thousand years ago. There is also an artificial waterfall, fed by an antique aqueduct, inside the premises and many old graves and caves, all in a beautiful park.

Visited August 2012
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London, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
Reviewed August 15, 2012

The Greek Theatre was an unexpected surprise. Its well preserved and is a sight to behold. You really get the feeling og going back in time. What's interesting is that the Roman Amfiteatre is just down the road. You do get a good comparison between the Greeks and the Romans.

Well worth a visit, entry fee was about 9€.

Visited August 2012
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Queenstown, New Zealand
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“Disappointing ... a real Greek tragedy!”
Reviewed August 2, 2012

Don't go if it is the summer/theatre/play season! We were told that it was covered "only a little" for the plays, but when we finally found the theatre, it was totally covered in plywood and a city's worth of scaffolding. The staff aren't at all helpful, and there is no signage to direct you, so basically, you are on your own. Overall, a very bad experience. Save your money and buy the postcard.

Visited June 2012
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Dublin, Ireland
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“Covered seats in July due to performances.”
Reviewed July 24, 2012

Why don't they tell you about that when you buy the ticket? And why is the ticket office on the opposite side of the street. And why do you have a pass a line of scuzzy huckster stalls to get to the ticket office?

Visited July 2012
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