Ear of Dionysius (Orecchio di Dionisio), Syracuse

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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. Use our Syracuse travel itinerary maker to add Ear of Dionysius (Orecchio di Dionisio) and other attractions to your Syracuse vacation plans.
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  • A popular attraction for understandable reasons. Within walking distance of many hotels. But cover your head, there are many pigeons!  more »
  • Anyone whether or not with an interest in history would want to visit Syracuse. As with similar places, a fair amount of walking is required so I think you'd need to be reasonably fit to try and visit...  more »
  • Nice cave, with particular shapes creating echoes with stories to tell. A place to cool a bit down too when hot outside. In june not crowdy.  more »
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  • Great tour guide gave the ancient history of this spot...it's all about the acoustics. ..vistied in August weather was fabulous.
  • Yeah, it has a peculiar design (looks like your being inside an ear) but it is just a cave and nothing more
  • Is wonderful, if you are coming be prepared to sing a bit and feel the great acoustic that is in it, or you might me lucky hearing a fantastic 'concert' from someone that is just visiting the place
  • Get a water and spend there much time. Not amazing like Pompeii, but also very good. Unfortunately, you can't go inside, just look outside. There are many cafe around. Not expensive.
  • It was by pure dumb luck that I stumbled upon this spot, if you are lucky you might catch someone singing in the cave which allows you to experience the true acoustics of the cave. Sadly I only caught someone singing a few random words but the sound was pretty incredible, just make sure you avoid this when there are a bus load of tourists as the random yelling followed by their echos can be a bit annoying. The limestone cave was man made and according to legend Dionysius used the cave as a political prison and is probably the most interesting part of the tour.