The Ear of Dionysus near Syracuse

These photos are of a remarkable rock formation called the Ear of Dionysus, just outside Siracusa in south-Eastern Sicily.

It is named after a former dictator of the Greek-founded City, as apparently he was very paranoid about rivals and improsoned them all in this cave. He then sent envoys to eavesdrop on them, as the curving shape allows you to hear people talking deep inside the cave when you are outside it.

We took these photos when we went to Siracusa a couple of years ago.

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  1. That looks just my sort of place. I think there is something similar in Nottinghamshire but I haven’t got there either yet 😉

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    1. VH says:

      Oh really? Do let me know if you find out what it is called!

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  2. Mystical, eerie, sensual, stark, like so much of Sicily. Thanks for reminding me of the place of my ancestors!

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  3. Anonymous says:

    Interesting looking cave there, Veronica!

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  4. The acoustics must be amazing inside!

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    1. VH says:

      It was so much fun playing with various sweet spots to find out where they “projected” to. There were some parts that seemed to swallow the voice completely and make it disappear!

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  5. browney237 says:

    I found it quite eerie (no pun intended).
    A nice place to visit now but would have been horrifyingly to have been a captive there.

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