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Parco Archeologico della Neapolis, declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site, contains thousands of tombs dating back to 1000 BCE. In addition to the necropolis, you’ll find the Neapolis or “New City” archaeological park, which contains monuments from Greek, Roman, Byzantine, and other periods. Let your imagination repopulate the wild landscapes with the many historical inhabitants of Sicily. You may find signage a little lacking. Note that visitors over 60 may visit for free by showing their passport. Present-day locals still use the theater during the summer. Parco Archeologico della Neapolis is just one of the many highlights you can arrange to see using our world travel planner, Syracuse Edition.
Tours to Parco Archeologico della Neapolis
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Parco Archeologico della Neapolis Reviews
O complexo é enorme e requer uma hora e meia ou mais vai depender da curiosidade de cada um. O acesso da Ilha de Ortigia até o Parque pode ser de trenzinho. O tour custa 5,00 euros e deixa dentro do p... more »The complex is huge and requires an hour and a half or more will depend on each other's curiosity. The access of ortigia island to the park can be train. The tour costs 5.00 euros and leaves inside the park. There are many souvenir shops, bar and bathrooms. It's worth renting the audio guide so you don't just stare at ruins.
Thoroughly enjoyed our visit which served as a way to better understand how Romans “mined” the rock used. Lots of informational signs and points of interest along the walkways. more »
Oggi ho visitato questo parco che rappresenta una parte significativa della storia siciliana e italiana. Peccato però che nei responsabili non vi sia questa consapevolezza!!! L'area si presenta piena ... more »Today I visited this park that represents a significant part of Sicilian and Italian history. It is a pity, however, that there is no such awareness in those responsible!!! The area is full of weeds (the amphitheatre should be imagined), there are no explanatory signs so we proceed by intuition, the keepers sitting in the group shout and whistle at the visitors who go over the stones that rightly can not be trampled (there are other ways to do this), the closing time is at 5 p.m. and this prejudges a good visit to those who arrive in the afternoon because maybe in the morning they visited Ortigia that is on the other side. I hope that these criticisms will be welcomed by the area manager in order to give back to all this wonder.
The Greek theatre is something to behold. Big and pretty well preserved. The roman amfitheater that is also there pales in comparison. The park with the caves is like a small green paradise, nice bonus after visiting the theatre. Worth 10 euros? Yes and no, all Sicily's sights seem to come at extortionate entry prices, but go there the first Sunday of the month and entry is free.
After finding where to pay and getting in, you find a garden, a small cave, and two amphitheatres. One in a poor state and surrounded by foliage so it looks like it is not well maintained but it could also be left like this, it is not clear. The second which is better looked after is covered in wooden coverings to protect the original seating areas and surrounding walls as it is used for concerts still. There is a cafe which we avoided but the prices looked shall we say, very high!. It is worth a visit if you are in the area.
This is worth a trip if you have any interest in Ancient History or Archaeology. The Roman and Greek Theatre's were particularly interesting. I would suggest getting the audio guide as there is little-to-no explanations of what you are looking at otherwise. I do feel that they can have done more with the place. A clear improvement could be to have guided tours (which I'm pretty sure they didn't provide) so an expert can take you around and really bring it to life.
Good experience overall but a lot of areas are closed off. Bought two soft drinks in the cafe that were marked 2.50 on the shelf but we were charged 3 each - when I pointed out the price on the shelf he just said no 3 euro. Note that the combined ticket is not available on Mondays as the museum is closed.
Lovely place to visit but lots of walking. Do not eat in the little cafe by the Roman Neapolis as it's very expensive and the cover charge is extortionate. No locks on ladies toilet doors. Other parts where the Greek theatre is are stunning and well worth a visit.
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