Ear of Dionysius (Orecchio di Dionisio), Syracuse

4.2
#2 of 18 in Parks in Syracuse
Venture into Ear of Dionysius (Orecchio di Dionisio), a limestone cave that's shaped like a human ear and known for its excellent acoustics. The cave is 23 m (75 ft) high and extends 65 m (213 ft) back into a cliff. It bends in an approximate "S" shape and tapers at the top like a teardrop. This shape gives the cave its acoustical quality; try whispering and see how far it resonates through the cave. The cave's name references the tyrant Dionysius I of Syracuse. According to legend, Dionysius used the cave as a prison for political dissidents and took advantage of the acoustics to eavesdrop on his captives. Using our international travel planner, Syracuse attractions like Ear of Dionysius (Orecchio di Dionisio) can form part of a personalized travel itinerary.
Create an itinerary including Ear of Dionysius (Orecchio di Dionisio)
map
© OpenMapTiles © OpenStreetMap contributors
Ear of Dionysius (Orecchio di Dionisio) Reviews
Rate this attraction
TripAdvisor Traveler Rating
TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5
2,974 reviews
Google
4.5
TripAdvisor
  • Very suggestive and particular. It is worth seeing her immersed in a green garden with benches to rest.
    View original
  • Suggestive place where time stops. Breathtaking! There is a huge rock, with the shape of a giant ear, unique in the world! Absolutely to visit!
    View original
Google
  • This place is phenomenal. It feels like a natural wonder and is located in the heart of Syracuse or Siracusa as the locals call it. This strange but fascinating place is well worth the visit. The park where it is located in has many other interesting historical sites to see. After all it is all a part of one of the 12 UNESCO sites in Sicily.
  • The Ear of Dionysius is cave-like structure. We were impressed by how tall it is and how good you can hear the echo of people talking. The whole cave is 65 m long and 23 m high. It's supposed to have been a prison ages ago and because you can here the echo very well it was great for spying.
  • Build a plan

    Tell us where and when you
    want to go, we will build
    the best sightseeing itinerary
  • Refine it

    You have complete flexibility on your destinations and itinerary
  • Book as a package

    Use our travel agents to get
    package savings and hassle free booking
  • Enjoy your trip!

    Enjoy our 24x7
    on-trip assistance

Popular things to do in Syracuse

View all >
4.8
Duration: 4​h
4.7
Duration: 1​h
3.2
Duration: 1​h 30​min
2.9
Duration: 2​h

Side trips from Syracuse

4.8
Duration: 2​h 30​min
4.8
Duration: 2​h 30​min
4.8
Duration: 1​h 30​min

Hidden gems in Syracuse

4.7
Duration: 30​min
4.3
Duration: 1​h 30​min
5.0
Duration: 2​h 30​min

Historic Sites in Syracuse

View all >
3.4
Duration: 1​h 30​min
4.8
Duration: 1​h 30​min
4.2
Duration: 1​h 30​min
2.3
Duration: 1​h

Shopping in Syracuse

View all >
5.0
Duration: 1​h 30​min
5.0
Duration: 1​h 30​min
4.9
Duration: 1​h 30​min
4.7
Duration: 1​h 30​min

Nearby attractions in Syracuse

4.9
Duration: 2​h 30​min
4.9
Duration: 2​h 30​min
4.9
Duration: 1​h 30​min