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Ear of Dionysius (Orecchio di Dionisio)
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Ear of Dionysius (Orecchio di Dionisio) Tours and Activities

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Set in the hills of the Sicilian town of Syracuse is a large cave with the evocative name of the Ear of Dionysius. The name does not, however, refer to the Greek god. The name, Orecchio di Dionisio in Italian, was given to the cave by 16th-century painter Caravaggio, who named it after a vicious fifth-century BCE ruler of Syracuse. He is said to have used the cave as a political prison, and the cave's incredible acoustics gave him the ability to eavesdrop on his enemies. Another legend says he once used the cave as a torture chamber.

While the legends are unlikely to be true, the name stuck. The primary acoustic position in the cave is no longer accessible to visitors due to safety concerns, but the cavern is still an impressive sight.

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Syracuse Day Trip from Taormina

Syracuse Day Trip from Taormina

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Explore the southeastern coast of Sicily on a day trip to Syracuse from Taormina. Led by a professional guide, see the impressive collection of ancient Roman and Greek ruins, soak up scenic views of the water and learn the rich history behind the city from your guide. Visit the archaeological site of Parco Archeologico della Neapolis (own expense) and spend the afternoon discovering Ortygia, Syracuse’s island neighborhood.
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  • 9 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$57.54
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Ancient Syracuse: private guided tour of the Neapolis archaeological park

Ancient Syracuse: private guided tour of the Neapolis archaeological park

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Get up close and personal with some of Sicily’s best-preserved ancient ruins—and learn all about Syracuse and its history from your guide—when you embark on this private walking tour of the Neapolis Archaeological Park (entrance own expense). Choose from morning or afternoon departure times, and enjoy several hours to explore. You’ll see the ruins of the Greek Theatre, the Altar of Hieron, the Ear of Dionysus cave, and more.
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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$66.11
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Syracuse Private Daytrip from Taormina

Syracuse Private Daytrip from Taormina

Syracuse is one of the most captivating historic cities in eastern Sicily, but getting there via public transportation can be time-consuming. Skip the delays of the train and bus and travel directly to Syracuse from Taormina with a private driver. Stop to explore the ancient district of Ortigia to take in its top sights, explore the Neapolis archaeological park, and even take a dip at the Fontane Bianche beach.
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  • 7 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$360.82
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Syracuse and Ortigia tour

Syracuse and Ortigia tour

A stop not to be missed. In one day you can visit the ancient archaeological heart of Syracuse, explore the most recent mysteries and walk on the island of Ortigia, the oldest part around which the city was born. Ortigia contains colors, smells, romantic stories and irresistible views. It is no coincidence that it was named a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
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  • 7 to 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$126.60
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6 days guided tour of Sicily:Agrigento Noto Ragusa Modica

6 days guided tour of Sicily:Agrigento Noto Ragusa Modica

Choose this guided tour of Sicily and take the chance to explore in 6 days amazing destinations in South Sicily: from the Greek-roman colonies of the Temple Valley Agrigento to Sicily baroque of Noto Modica Ragusa Valley, all of them included in the UNESCO World Heritage Sicilian sites.
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  • 6 days
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Archaeological Tour - All inclusive - Neapolis Park Syracuse

Archaeological Tour - All inclusive - Neapolis Park Syracuse

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Syracuse has a lot of charm and one of the elements that contributes to its charm is certainly the historical and archaeological value of the city. With this tour you will discover the historical beauties of the city in the Archaeological Park of Neapolis.
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  • 2 to 3 hours
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Syracuse's Neapolis Archaeological Park Tour with Enrica De Melio

Syracuse's Neapolis Archaeological Park Tour with Enrica De Melio

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Get crucial context on ancient ruins during this private walking tour through Neapolis Archaeological Park—home to Syracuse’s most celebrated, millennia-old remnants. Learn about the lives of everyday inhabitants in one of the city’s five residential quarters. Tours include stops at the Ear of Dionysius—a limestone cave famous for its acoustics—and Cave of the Rope-Makers, plus the Greek Theater and Roman Amphitheater.
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes
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Private Tour of Syracuse, Ortygia and Noto

Private Tour of Syracuse, Ortygia and Noto

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Visit the Greek and the Roman classical monuments of Syracuse, present in the archeological Park of Neapolis. After the Archeological Park, the tour moves to Ortygia Island, the historical heart of Syracuse for an incredible stroll through its charming alleys. In the afternoon, you will be visiting the baroque Noto, considered an "open-air museum".
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  • 8 hours
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$299.23
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What are Ear of Dionysius (Orecchio di Dionisio) hours of operation?
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Ear of Dionysius (Orecchio di Dionisio) hours of operation: Park is open Tuesday-Saturday 8:30am-4:30pm, and Mondays and holidays from 8:30am-12:30pm. Buy tickets in advance on Viator. If you book with Viator, you can cancel at least 24 hours before the start date of your tour for a full refund.
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Should I book Ear of Dionysius (Orecchio di Dionisio) tickets in advance?
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We recommend booking e-tickets ahead of time to secure your spot since Ear of Dionysius (Orecchio di Dionisio) can get crowded. If you book with Viator, you can cancel at least 24 hours before the start date of your tour for a full refund.
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How much does it cost to visit Ear of Dionysius (Orecchio di Dionisio) 2021?
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Currently, an entrance ticket to Ear of Dionysius (Orecchio di Dionisio) costs USD 57.54. Guided Ear of Dionysius (Orecchio di Dionisio) tours start around USD 57.54 per person.
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