It is said that the tyrant Dionysius could use this cave to hear what was happening throughout his realm and eavesdrop on prisoners who he had held here allowing him to take swift action when necessary. . .oooo boy, that Dionysius had some mad magical powers, or at least this is what the legend says. The painter Caravaggio actually coined the name of this spot as “Orecchio di Dionisio” back in 1586 or so some two thousand years after the passing of Dionysius. . .Caravaggio is also the one who probably came up with this fantastical legend–ah, those wily and creative painters–so many things popping up in their imaginations. In any case, this is a fascinating formation to visit and walk through. . .folks sing opera arias inside, and I even played a little harmonica to appease the gods. I love visiting the Ear of Dionysius, and you will, too, if you ever find yourself wandering around in the hills of Siracusa, Sicily.
I send you acoustic vibes from Siracusa. . .feel them and hear them. . .they can be felt and heard for miles around.
To see more magical images from around our teeny-tiny planet simply click on a location of your choice in the category menu on the ‘About’ page of this blog. . .do it. . .so much to see and soooo little time.
It’s lovely out there.