Archaeological Park of Syracuse

Archaeological Park of Syracuse

This open-air museum contains the city’s most important treasures from prehistoric to Byzantine times. Inside are some of the most important historical monuments in the world.
Located on the slopes of the Temenite hills, the Greek Theatre of Syracuse, dating from the first half of the fifth century BC, is one of the most majestic and best preserved in the world and still hosts theater performances.
The Orecchio di Dionisio (Ear of Dionysius) is a 23-m tall artificial cave that is part of the many latomy, or “stone quarries” within the archaeological site. Its particular shape provides it with exceptional acoustic properties that gave rise to a legend according to which the tyrant Dionysius built the cave as a prison from which he could listen to the voices of prisoners through an opening above, magnified by the echo.

Archaeological Park

Monuments of interest

  • Church of St. Nicholas at the Rope Makers
  • The Roman pool
  • Roman Amphitheater of Syracuse
  • Triumphal Arch of Augustus
  • Altar of Hieron II
  • Greek Theatre of Syracuse
  • Roman Amphitheater
  • Nymphaeum Cave
  • The Street of Tombs
  • Galerme Mills
  • Latomy of Paradise
  • Ear of Dionysius
  • The Rope-makers’ Cave
  • The Saltpeter Latomy
  • The carved Latomy
  • Saint Venera’s Latomy
  • The Grotticelle Necropolis
  • The Tomb of Archimedes