Ear of Dionysius (Orecchio di Dionisio), Syracuse

Categories: Caves, Nature & Parks
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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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  • The cave itself is amazing. We went into the park without any knowledge of the history of what were about to see expecting to be able to read from story boards. Unfortunately there were none. So googl...  read more »
  • This teaches slaves have slaved in a strange and wonderful quarry. POI, hörvärdheten, Denis's ear, a strange cavern with a wonderful echo. A must-have.
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  • Should you take on any case at Parco. The cave is accessible and inside is a great acoustics.
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  • 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.
  • Fascinating. Just beside the ancient Greek theatre. The legend goes that prisoners were kept hear and the guards could hear everything they talked about
  • The cave acoustics are amazing.
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  • Very beautiful and fascinating site that intertwines between ancient myths and legends.
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