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. Using our international travel planner, Syracuse attractions like Ear of Dionysius (Orecchio di Dionisio) can form part of a personalized travel itinerary.
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  • Go to Syracuse without visiting the ear of Dionysius is a shame. The echo of this cave is pazzesca...si can speak softly and be sure that whoever is at the other end of the cave hears everything.
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  • An Archaeological Park which is very well preserved and expresses the vestiges of Greek culture that exist on the island of Sicily
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  • Discovered this amazing cave when visiting the archeological park just outside Syracuse. The scale is amazing and the mythology fascinating.  more »
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  • It's worth the visit just to see the archeological park, which is lovely; we heard a school group "perform" in the Ear and it was amazing, be sure to give your voice a try
  • The ancient theatres are the big draw, but the Ear of Dionysius is the most impressive sight. You can walk into the carved cave, listen to echoes and reach the sheer stone wall at the end. It is a shallow cave, well lit at the entrance, quite dark at the end. There is light throughout but it takes a bit of time for one's eyes to adjust meat the end. The floor is smooth and easy to walk on, not like a natural cave at all
  • In the summer (when the magnificent Greek theater is more or less covered to preserve it for stage presentations) this antiquity almost makes up for the anticlimactic price of admission to see a scene of wood, modern lighting and sound systems around the corner in the main exhibit. It's like Petra in Jordan in that you can't quite place how it was used in its prime when visiting (although Wikipedia offers some useful-if-generalized clues). But the sounds and sublime intensity of the site makes it an entirely worthwhile visit.
  • Amazing quarry carved out of the bedrock. Note the marks from the hammers and chisels used to cut the rock, all the way up to the top, and then consider that some people (e.g. Wikipedia) claim that this is a natural cave! Well worth the visit .
  • It's very beautiful place where to sing
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