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.


Parco Archeologico Siracusa
Archaeological Park - Syracuse

Monuments of interest

  • Chiesa San Nicolò ai Cordari (Church of St. Nicholas at the Rope Makers)
  • La Piscina Romana (The Roman pool)
  • Anfiteatro Romano di Siracusa (Roman Amphitheater of Syracuse)
  • Arco trionfale di Augusto (Triumphal Arch of Augustus)
  • Ara di Ierone II (Altar of Hieron II)
  • Teatro Greco di Siracusa (Greek Theatre of Syracuse)
  • Roman Amphitheater
  • Grotta del Ninfeo (Nymphaeum Cave)
  • Via dei Sepolcri (The Street of Tombs)
  • Mulini di Galerme (Galerme Mills)
  • Latomia del Paradiso (Latomy of Paradise)
  • Orecchio di Dionisio (Ear of Dionysius)
  • La Grotta dei Cordari (The Rope-makers' Cave)
  • La Grotta del Salnistro (The Saltpeter Latomy)
  • Latomia dell'Intagliatella (The carved Latomy)
  • Latomia di Santa Venera (Saint Venera's Latomy)
  • La Necropoli Grotticelle (The Grotticelle Necropolis)
  • Tomba di Archimede (The Tomb of Archimedes)


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