Syracuse Neapolis Park archaeological tour

Largo Anfiteatro 2, SR Syracuse 96100, Sicily, IT
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Visit Syracuse Neapolis Park and discover the city's archaeological value! Tour the Roman Amphitheater, the Ear of Dionysus and the Cordari Cave. Read More

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Tour Duration
2h 30min
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Siracusa Travel & Living

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Visit the Archaeological Park of Neapolis, one of the elements that contribute to Syracuse's historical and archaeological value. The Roman Amphitheater of Syracuse is the second largest in Italy after that of Verona. It dates back to around 2000 years ago and can be reached via a path that features stone sarcophagi from the city's necropolis. Its dimensions are surprising and, in addition to the amphitheater, the remains of an arch and those of a fountain are also visible. Only the part excavated in the rock remains, while the raised part has been dismantled in past centuries and used for other constructions.Continue admiring the Ear of Dionysus, an imposing artificial cave of incredible dimensions, (23 meters high). The origin of its name is attributable to Caravaggio who, while visiting the city, coined this singular name due to the donkey's ear shape of the entrance to the cave. Dionysius was a tyrant of Syracuse who had the cave excavated to lock up his prisoners; thanks to the incredible acoustics of the cave, which can amplify the sounds even 16 times, he could listen to the prisoners talks from outside. Not far from the Ear of Dionysius you will find the Cordari Cave, another artificial cave. Its name derives from the cordari's work (people who manifacture ropes) here was facilitated by the presence of humidity. Currently some parts are covered with moss and maidenhair, which create a magical atmosphere together with the particular play of light created inside.

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Inclusions

Certified guide. Entrance ticket to the Archaeological Park of Neapolis. Walking tour. Lunch (if selected). Custom gadgets (hats, shirts, backpack bag)

Highlights

Visit Syracuse Neapolis Park and discover more about the city's archaeological value. Admire the second largest Roman Amphitheater in Italy and retrace its history. Explore the Ear of Dionysus and the Cordari Cave, two famous artificial caves

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