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Ear of Dionysius (Orecchio di Dionisio)

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Address: Parco Archeologico della Neapolis, Syracuse, Sicily, Italy
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A nice cave and even better story

The ear of Dionysius situated in an old latomia, a quarry. The story of the tyrant of Syracuse (Dionysius) having his opponents jailed here and eavestropping them thanks to... read more

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Tampere
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Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

The ear of Dionysius situated in an old latomia, a quarry. The story of the tyrant of Syracuse (Dionysius) having his opponents jailed here and eavestropping them thanks to wonderful acoustics of the cave is a good one, even though it is probably made up by Caravaggio. But it is good to reach this place in the early morning or... More 

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northampton
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Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Part of the Archaeological Park this was part of an early quarry and a place where prisoners were kept. it os huge and dark but walk right to the end where you will see the hole up in the roof where the Tyrant could listen in on plotters and have them dealt with.

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Los Angeles, California
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

It's part of the park so go see it, but a little more info on its formation would be appreciated. Benches in the shade are very nice.

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Reviewed 1 week ago

A giant limestone cave may not seem like something you have to see but while in Siracusa you must stop at the archeological park and in so doing must stop at the Ear of Dionysus. I thought it was perhaps named for the god of wine but a quick google will tell you it is after the tyrannical ruler Dionysus... More 

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Benton, PA
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Reviewed 1 week ago

We didn't know what to expect walking into the Ear of Dionysius, but it almost magical. It is stark but beautiful in its naturalness. One or two people started singing what sounded like Gregorian chant, an especially wonderful experience. Deep inside the cave, the blackness is almost complete. The only similar experience I had was at the bottom of a... More 

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Mons, Belgium
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

In my opinion, the Ear of Dionysius is the best part of the park. The area is well maintained and lush and shaded during sunny days. And the "ear" itself is just plain cool. We hadn't planned on seeing it but are glad we did.

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Southold, NY
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

The Ear of Dionysius is a cave that was created by slaves who were forced to mine the limestone centuries ago. It is very interesting to see how the cave was carved out of the rock over the course of centuries.

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The ‘ear’ is interesting and unique, and best enjoyed if you can bring/find someone with a good singing voice to ‘sing’ into the wall just around the right side of the entrance while you are deeper into the cave. It is tall and ‘cool’, but not very deep; thus, not that terribly special except for the height, shape & acoustics.... More 

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We visited the archeological park in Syracuse and this was our favorite part of the park. You approach this location along a green, garden path, and the cave (Ear) opens up in front of you. It is quite large, bigger than I expected. You can walk inside some distance. It looks, to me, like the river canons of the American... More 

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

For me this was the most impressive part of the Parco Archeologico. We visited as part of a general ticket for the Parco Archeologico, which gives you access to the Greek theatre, the Roman amphitheatre, and the Latomia del Paradiso (old limestone quarry that was used as a prison by the ancient Greeks). This ticket cost 10 euros p.p., which... More 

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