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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  • August 18, 2017
    Beautiful place. Here too, as with other monuments the entrance fee of 10 euro is not far fetched considering that the ticket includes the visit of the Roman Theatre and the ear of Dionysius. Less handsome than the theatre of Taormina, but even here the historic charm is impressive. From the top you see the sea. Beautiful and highly recommended.
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  • August 18, 2017
    Given the large heat of August we were fortunate to find a day with only 28/30 degrees and the visit was very pleasant. The theater is well maintained and offers a view with a beautiful view of the sea. Pleasant to dwell in the cool of the caves. To visit
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  • August 18, 2017
    Extraordinary vision from the top of this building, along with the other monuments in the Archaeological Park of Syracuse, give us a sense of the magnitude of the Greeks and Romans
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