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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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+39 0931 66206
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Interesting cave

Impressive heighth. We thought it was a small cave, but once inside, we were impressed by the length and heighth. Akustics are good too.

Reviewed 8 June 2015
Amsterdam, Noord-Holland, Netherlands
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Boynton Beach, Florida
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Reviewed 8 June 2015

Why the hype for this grand mothers tale of a hole in the wall ! Takes all kinds to buy into fables like this. On the other hand, we have the bible ,

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Amsterdam, Noord-Holland, Netherlands
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Reviewed 8 June 2015

Impressive heighth. We thought it was a small cave, but once inside, we were impressed by the length and heighth. Akustics are good too.

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Salt Lake City, Utah
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 June 2015

Don't miss this fantastic sight. I've been here three times, always trying to avoid the crowds of school kids who visit the cave on field trips. The kids, as one would expect, shout and scream to experience the echoing effect of the cave, so the place can get quite loud. But it's still worth seeing--and hearing! In May 2015, I... More 

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Neston, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 June 2015

This is an amazing cave - we had a really good guide who explained about how didonysius was supposed to have sat up top and listened to people inside through a crack in the roof, so he could always put a stop to plotting. When we were there, there were school parties, so the noise meant we didn't get a... More 

Thank Elizabeth P
Glasgow, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 June 2015

An awe inspiring sight surrounded by cave dwellings. The colour of the orange and lemon trees adds to the spectacle. I implore you to read the history of this site and that of Syracusa and Archimedes, this will no doubt inspire a visit you'll never forget.

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Juiz de Fora
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Reviewed 3 June 2015

I do not intend to say that the L’ Orecchio di Dionisio and other caves are minor touristic attractions. But the Parco de Neapolis epitomizes what is wrong and corrupted in the Sicilian tourist industry: a) like elsewhere in Italy, tickets are becoming very expensive as the national and local governments have figured out that tourists are the best prey... More 

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Canberra, Australia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 71 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 June 2015

Like other reviewers, we were disappointed to find the Roman Theatre and other sections of the latomie (quarry) closed off - after we'd paid our admission. But the Ear of Dionysius certainly compensated to some extent. This man-made cave has amazing acoustics, and is worth a visit. It is unlit, so anyone unsteady on their feet should be careful walking... More 

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Fort Lee, New Jersey
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Reviewed 2 June 2015

We spent a rainy day exploring this and other nearby sites. It is well preserved, easy to navigate and the Ear has a fascinating history well worth exploring.

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Birmingham, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 2 June 2015

This huge cave is part of the old workings in the archaeological park in Syracuse. It was named due to it's shape and the strange acoustic properties. Without lighting but going back into the rock in a high cavern, you lose sense of direction. A very interesting man made feature.

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Woodbridge, Connecticut
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Reviewed 1 June 2015

Orecchio di Dionisio was big. And a cave. But not amazing to me. Since more than half the sites at Siracusa were closed, something we found out only after buying our ticket, the whole thing was something of a let down. At least this was in a pretty area and you could sit and view to out of the heat.

Thank Lydia T

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