Syracuse Neapolis Park archaeological tour
Activities

Syracuse Neapolis Park archaeological tour

Free cancellation
Language: English , Italian , French
Mobile voucher accepted
Duration: up to 2 hours 30 minutes
Safety measures applied
Do this because
  • 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
What to expect

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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COVID-19 information
The following health and safety measures are in place, so you can relax and enjoy your experience.
  • Visitor numbers are limited to reduce crowds
  • The experience complies with government regulations
  • Social distancing is enforced
  • Areas frequented by visitors are regularly disinfected
  • Hand sanitizers are provided for staff and visitors
  • All gear/equipment is sanitized between use
  • Visitors are required to bring and wear masks
  • Guides and all other staff are required to wear masks
  • Temperature screening is compulsory for all visitors
  • Visitors over 18 must show their ID and proof of one of the following: a full vaccination or first vaccination (this requirement varies depending on the country) received at least 15 days prior, recovery from a COVID-19 infection in the past 6 months, or a negative result from a PCR or antigen test taken no more than 48 hours before the experience starts. This may also apply to those aged 12 and above
  • Proof of COVID-19 vaccination or a negative result from a recent antigen or molecular test may be required, please check the local requirements before your visit.
  • What's included
    • Certified guide
    • Entrance ticket to the Archaeological Park of Neapolis
    • Walking tour
    • Lunch (if selected)
    • Custom gadgets (hats, shirts, backpack bag)
    Reduced price
    • Youth (age 12-17)
    • Children (age 3-11)
    • Infants (age 0-2): free of charge
    Where

    Largo Anfiteatro 2, SR Syracuse 96100, Sicily, IT

    When
    • Please refer to the calendar for updated starting times and availability
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    Provider
    Siracusa Travel & Living
    Booking fee
    Good news! No extra fees are applied to this booking.
    Cancellation policy
    Receive a 100% refund if you cancel up to 24 hours before the experience begins.

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