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Syracuse's Neapolis: the Cave of the Cordari and the Ear of Dionysius

Off the island of Ortigia, at the northern end of the ancient city, in the Neapolis, lies the Archaeological Park of Syracuse. Considered one of the most important archaeological areas in Sicily, it is developed in a natural area, where nature enhances the many artifacts belonging to the ancient history of the city. Within the park, two truly impressive creeks can be visited: the Cave of the Cordari and the Ear of Dionysius.

The Neapolis Archaeological Park is about 2.5 km away from the Algilà Hotel. Sports enthusiasts can reach it on foot within about half an hour. Alternatively, it is possible to take advantage of the bicycles provided free of charge for our guests, or call a taxi through our reception with a fixed rate.

You can also reach the Park by bus: just take the free shuttle bus number 20 to Piazza Archimede, and then take a bus on lines 6, 8, 11, 12 or 13. Alternatively, from Riva Nazario Sauro take a bus of lines 1, 2, 3, 4 or 12.

Il Parco Archeologico Neapolis di Siracusa
Il Parco Archeologico di Siracusa

Neapolis and the Archaeological Park of Syracuse

Neapolis, whose name symbolized the "new quarter" of the ancient Greek polis, today represents one of the most important commercial and economic areas of Syracuse. The area currently houses the Archaeological Park, among the city's main tourist attractions.

The entrance ticket allows access to all areas of the park. Given the large number of monuments and artifacts on display inside, we recommend counting a minimum of 1 1/2 hours for the entire visit.

The Cave of the Cordari

Grotta dei Cordari Siracusa
La Grotta dei Cordari

The Cave of the Cordari owes its name to the fact that for centuries, due to its size and the presence of water, ropemakers gathered inside to work with natural fibers. The main vault of the cave is supported by pillars formerly carved by stone quarrymen. In fact, the huge square stone blocks hanging from the ceiling are still visible inside.

The Ear of Dionysius

Orecchio di Dionisio Siracusa
L'Orecchio di Dionisio

The Ear of Dionysus is an impressive artificial cave carved into the limestone, famous for its acoustic properties that allow sounds to be amplified up to 16 times. It owes its name to its peculiar shape, reminiscent of an ear auricle, which, together with its acoustic effects, led the painter Caravaggio to give it this name.

Legend has it that the cave was built by Dionysius, tyrant of Syracuse. The purpose would have been to lock up prisoners in it and listen to their words amplified by an opening at the top.


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