Greek Theatre of Syracuse

Syracuse, Italy

The Greek theatre of Syracuse lies on the south slopes of the Temenite hill, overlooking the modern city of Syracuse. It was first built in the 5th century BC, rebuilt in the 3rd century BC and renovated again in the Roman period. Today, it is a part of the Unesco World Heritage Site of 'Syracuse and the Rocky Necropolis of Pantalica'.

It seems that the theatre was renovated in the third century, transforming it into the form seen today. Its structure was extended, taking into account the shape of the Temenite hill and the best possibilities for acoustics. Another typical characteristic of Greek theatres is the celebration of the panoramic view, also applied to the theatre of Syracuse, offering a view of the bay of the port and the island of Ortygia.

During the Roman era, important modifications were made to the theatre, perhaps at the time when the colonia was founded in the early Augustan period. The cavea was modified to a semicircular form, typical of Roman theatres, rather than the horseshoe used in Greek theatres and corridors allowing access past the scene building (parodoi). The scene building itself was reconstructed in monumental form with rectangular niches at centre and two niches with a semicircular plan on the sides, containing doors to the scene.



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Founded: 5th century BC
Category: Prehistoric and archaeological sites in Italy


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André Neves (8 months ago)
Beautifull theatre. It brings us back in time. We watched Ulisses, the last Odyssey and it was fabulous and magical! Great experience which I advise everyone to try atleast once in their life!
John Neel (9 months ago)
A must to visit. Make sure you have good walking shoes and a waterbottle. There are taps to refresh yourself. Three walks you can choose to walk... short , not so short and one that you can see everything there. We took the long one and it really is not that hard to do.
Evana Vulinovich (9 months ago)
A disappointing joke of an attraction. These people are scammers. They have increased their prices to €13 and you don’t even see the Greek theatre which is supposed to be the main attraction. Instead you see the site which is covered by a wooden frame for seating because they host events. This was not told to us before we paid for our ticket. Not to mention all of the signage around the site is useless and unreadable. There should be well kept signs for people to read the history. It’s a wonder where the money from ticket sales goes because it’s certainly not to the upkeep of this sad excuse for a famous attraction. Do not waste your time and money, avoid this scam!!!
Anthony D'Ascoli (10 months ago)
Very disappointing. This is Syracuse one of the great Greek cities. They have completely modernized the theater. You almost cannot tell its Greek. The amphitheater is half excavated. Go to the one in Taormina or Agrigento instead
Birgir Magnússon (11 months ago)
Beautiful manmade theater! Up to 18000 people witnessed grekk tragedies here. It's open in summers for modern versions of the ancient tradegies and concerts. Beautiful. Highly recommended to get a tour guide to take you through it all. Love how nature has taken over a lot of this area with trees and fruits.
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