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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  • Majestic, imposing, if you can't see it you can't understand the work that has been done. On the walls are still visible signs of chisels of about 2500 years ago.
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  • The ear of Dionysius (Italian: Orecchio di Dionisio) is an artificial Cave of limestone dug into the Hill. Its name comes from its similarity to a human ear. It is 23 m high and extends 65 meters within the cliff. Owing to their ear it has a sensational acoustics, making even a small sound resonate in the cave. The name of the cave was coined in 1586 by the painter Caravaggio. It refers to the tyrant Dionisio I of Syracuse. According to the legend Dionisio used the cave as a prison for dissidents, and through his perfect sound heard secretly plans and secrets of their captives.
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  • Particular site, result of the work of men, in the archaeological set of the ancient theatre, which deserves a visit.
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  • 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
  • Beautiful place! If you are in a group try singing a song together inside :)
  • 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.
  • Impressive to they got building material out of there