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Greek Theater, Syracuse

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Explore an ancient site of dramatic performances at Greek Theater, originally built in the fifth century BCE and now inscribed on the World Heritage List. The current setup dates back to the third century BCE, when Hieron I, a powerful tyrant of Sicily, massively reconstructed the theater. This theater has the largest cavea (seating section) ever built by the ancient Greeks, with 67 rows divided into nine sections and eight aisles. The Romans extensively modified the edifice, and adapted it to their style of spectacles and games. Though only a few traces of the original stage and the orchestra section remain, this site regularly hosts sunset performances of Greek tragedies. The plays are performed without loudspeakers, as the site still features the near-perfect acoustics of the amphitheater setting. Call the box office for accurate information on the upcoming theater season. For Greek Theater and beyond, use our Syracuse vacation route planner to get the most from your Syracuse vacation.
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  • Beautiful worth a visit we caught a hop on hop off bus, best value to get there, as it's a little out of town, strange thing though you buy the ticket one side of the toad, and then have to cross the ...  more »
  • Very little of the theatre is visible, as it is currently covered in planking. Not sure if this is temporary, but you can see see very little of the original stone. Very disappointing  more »
  • This was one of the things a really wanted to go to! It was good and inspiring bud it was one thing i got a bit disspointed of and that was that they have put woodfloors over the whole theater so you ...  more »