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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  • August 18, 2017
    very strange, but nice, an ancient structure, beautiful to look at, something beautiful, on grounds, beautiful place
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  • August 18, 2017
    Beautiful park if you love the Roman times. Here you can see really wonderful things where a nice story behind it. This cave in the park where State is also really beautiful beautiful!
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  • August 18, 2017
    The ear of Dionysius is a latomia, a stone quarry, but it is exciting to think how it was made. 23 metres high and deep 65 and the voice is enhanced by 16 times ... It's a cool where dwell in visit to the excavations to see
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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.

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