Orecchio di Dionisio
Grotta dei Cordari
Supported by pillars, the now-closed Grotta dei Cordari (Rope-makers' Cave) is a grotto once used in the manufacture of rope. In...
Latomia del Paradiso
It was out of this deep, precipitous limestone quarry that stone for the ancient city was extracted. Riddled with catacombs and filled...
Parco Archeologico della Neapolis
For the classicist, Syracuse's real attraction is this archaeological park, home to the pearly white 5th-century-BC Teatro Greco . Hewn...
Fondazione Inda ticket booth
Box office outside Teatro Greco selling tickets to Syracuse's annual Festival of Greek Theatre.
Parco Archeologico della Neapolis · interesting places nearby
Orecchio di Dionisio information
A renowned curiosity at the heart of the Latomia del Paradis (Garden of Paradise) is the ear-shaped artificial grotto known as the Ear of Dionysius. According to Caravaggio, Dionysius must have had it built so he could listen in on the conversations of the prisoners, but it is most likely that the grotto – 23m high and 65m deep – was dug out as a rock quarry and later used as a sounding board for theatrical performances.