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Neapolis Archaeological Park (Parco Archeologico della Neapolis)
The Neapolis Archaeological Park (Parco Archeologico della Neapolis) is home to many of Syracuse’s most important Greek and Roman ruins, including the Greek Theater dating from the fifth century BC, a third-century-BC sacrificial altar, second-century Roman amphitheater, and a limestone quarry that provided stone for the ancient city.
 
The Basics
A must for archaeology buffs, the Parco Archeologico della Neapolis is a UNESCO World Heritage Site just outside the city of Syracuse, and visitors can tour its Teatro Greco that once held 16,000 spectators for the staging of the final tragedies of Aeschylus; Teatro Romano that hosted gladiatorial combats and horse races; monolithic Ara di Gerone II altar dedicated to Heron II, where 450 oxen could be sacrificed at one time; and the sprawling Latomia del Paradiso quarry complex.
 
Because its size and history spanning centuries, it's best to explore the Neapolis Archaeological Park with a guide. Join a walking tour of the archaeological park from Syracuse, or from the Sicilian cities of Taormina or Catania. You can also combine a visit to the park with day trips to the nearby towns of Ortigia and Noto.
 
Things to Know Before You Go
  • Tours of the Neapolis Archaeological Park require walking over uneven terrain, so wear sturdy shoes' a hat and sunscreen are also useful.
  • Because of the rough terrain, the park is not accessible to wheelchairs.
  • In late spring, the Greek Theater begins its annual season of classical theater performances.
  • A tour of the park is particularly interesting for fans of archaeology.
 
How to Get There
The Neapolis Archaeological Park is located just outside Syracuse, an easy walk from the historic center or the train station.
 
When to Get There
The open-air park can get uncomfortably hot under the Sicilian sun in the summer, so plan to visit first thing in the morning or in the late afternoon. The Teatro Greco is often used during the summer months for classical plays; the park closes earlier than usual on performance days.
 
Natural Acoustics
Part of the park’s ancient limestone quarry, the Ear of Dionysius cave boasts acoustics so precise that it is said that the tyrant Dionysius kept his enemies imprisoned inside so he could more easily eavesdrop on them.
Address: Parco Archeologico della Neapolis, Province of Syracuse, Italy
Admission: Varies
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Archaeological Syracuse: Neapolis Park Walking Tour

Get up close and personal with some of Sicily’s best-preserved ancient ruins—and learn all about Syracuse and its history from your guide—when you embark on this private walking tour of the Neapolis Archaeological Park (entrance own expense). Choose from morning or afternoon departure times, and enjoy several hours to explore. You’ll see the ruins of the Greek Theatre, the Altar of Hieron, the Ear of Dionysus cave, and more.
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Take a private walking tour of the ancient Neapolis Archaeological Park of Syracuse, UNESCO world heritage, and one of the most important archaeological parks of Italy. During this 2 hour private walking tour with a local knowledgeable guide, you will discover the most important ancient Greek and Roman monuments - the Greek Theater, the biggest Greek theater in Sicily, the legendary "Ear of Dionysius", famous for its unique acoustics, the altar of Hiero, and the ancient Greek quarries "Latomie", the Roman amphitheater. Private tour guarantees friendly and relaxed atmosphere and personal attention from your guide. Up to 10 travelers can be accommodated per booking.
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Recognized as the true attraction of Syracuse, the Archaeological Park of Neapolis contains famous masterpieces from both the Greek and Roman periods, testimonies of the millennial history of the cityIt is the most famous monument of the archaeological park and is one of the largest and most important in the ancient world. It has ancient origins and already existed in the 5th century. B.C.; we know from literary sources that Aeschylus staged "Le Etnee" in 476 BC Its present form, however, refers to a unitary project, realized in the III century. B.C. from Hieron II, as part of his Neapolis arrangement program according to the principles of Hellenistic architecture of the time. Carved into the rock of the Temenite hill, the theater has a very large cavea, with 67 orders of steps, divided vertically.
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A walk through the beauties of a city that has known moments of enormous glory in the past that reverberates in its buildings.In the Archaeological Park of Neapolis you can admire the imposing ruins of the Greek city where there are buildings carved into the rock like the ancient Greek Theater, the Roman Amphitheater and the Altar of Hieron II. But it will be very pleasant to spend time inside the Latomia del Paradiso, an ancient stone quarry, where you will be amazed by the grandeur of the Ear of Dionysius.Moving to Ortigia with your own cars, the visit will be conducted through the narrow alleys of the historic center of Siracusa where the history of the Mediterranean is preserved.The ruins of the Temple of Apollo and the beauty of Piazza Duomo with its admirable Cathedral will drag us into the excitement of a journey through history.Simply rich, dense and exciting.
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