Ear of Dionysius (Orecchio di Dionisio), Syracuse

#2 of 18 in Parks in Syracuse
Cave · Nature / Park
Venture into Ear of Dionysius (Orecchio di Dionisio), a limestone cave that's shaped like a human ear and known for its excellent acoustics. The cave is 23 m (75 ft) high and extends 65 m (213 ft) back into a cliff. It bends in an approximate "S" shape and tapers at the top like a teardrop. This shape gives the cave its acoustical quality; try whispering and see how far it resonates through the cave. The cave's name references the tyrant Dionysius I of Syracuse. According to legend, Dionysius used the cave as a prison for political dissidents and took advantage of the acoustics to eavesdrop on his captives. Using our international travel planner, Syracuse attractions like Ear of Dionysius (Orecchio di Dionisio) can form part of a personalized travel itinerary.
Improve this listing »
Create an itinerary including Ear of Dionysius (Orecchio di Dionisio)

Ear of Dionysius (Orecchio di Dionisio) reviews

Rate this attraction
TripAdvisor traveler rating
TripAdvisor traveler rating 4.5
3,122 reviews
  • This deep cave was used as a prison. It happens that acoustics are such that even a whisper in the area farthest back, was amplified and could be heard at the entrance. Political prisoners were...  more »
  • This ear is massive, I'm not normally one for rocks and archaeology but this was impressive, part of the very good and well priced national archaeological park in Syracuse, a must see! Along with the....  more »
  • The cave is so impressive photos don't do it justice. And it is definitely worth a visit to see and stand inside! The middle is so dark and echoey it makes for a truly unique experience. My criticism....  more »
  • This place is phenomenal. It feels like a natural wonder and is located in the heart of Syracuse or Siracusa as the locals call it. This strange but fascinating place is well worth the visit. The park where it is located in has many other interesting historical sites to see. After all it is all a part of one of the 12 UNESCO sites in Sicily.
  • The Ear of Dionysius is cave-like structure. We were impressed by how tall it is and how good you can hear the echo of people talking. The whole cave is 65 m long and 23 m high. It's supposed to have been a prison ages ago and because you can here the echo very well it was great for spying.
  • Amazing place!! Seriously worth visiting! You buy one ticket for theater and gardens. Gardens are very pretty, but this Ear is phenomenal!
  • Ear of Dionysius is a big mine shaft, that stretches far into the mountain side. The echo in there is quite remarkable. It is a part of Syracuse archaeological park, so it's worth seeing.
  • Very beautiful place and garden, we have been impressed by the size of the cave. Recommend to visit if you happen to be in Syracuse

Plan your trip to Syracuse

  • Get a personalized trip
    A complete day by day itinerary
    based on your preferences
  • Customize it
    Refine your trip. We'll find the
    best routes and schedules
  • Book it
    Choose from the best hotels
    and activities. Up to 50% off
  • Manage it
    Everything in one place.
    Everyone on the same page.