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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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  • The characteristic of the Greek theater of Syracuse is to have fully carved in the rock at hillside. What makes that he did not, like so many others, of stone quarry. So although it has been kept intact.
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  • This is the classical Greek tatreo that lacks the scene which has been completely destroyed, as the bleachers that were plundered for the fortification of Ortigia. Beautiful wild feeling, inside the Park of Neapolis which also houses the ear of Dionysius, the Roman amphitheatre, the altar of Hieron II and the rope makers cave, all at 10 € (kids are free).
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  • Immerse yourself in ancient Greece by visiting the Greek theater of Syracuse. Not to be missed are the classical plays that take place every year, where implementing tragedies by Greek authors. In short ... a real plunge into the past!
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