An ancient urn from Sicily depicts a scene inspired by the rites of the Greek god Dionysius as celebrated by his cult, who are known as Bacchantes. Note the frame drums or tamburelli and the thyrsus, a giant fennel staff topped with a pine cone and ivy leaves. A thyrsus is a symbol of fertility….

The Ear of Dionysius (Orecchio di Dionisio) is an enormous cave in the archeological area in Siracusa. It was a prison for centuries. Legend is that the tyrant Dionysius could hear prisoners’ whispers utilizing the former quarry’s acoustics. #sicily #sicily_travel #sicilia #sicily_tourism #italy #ig_sicily #italia #siciliaph #siciliafoto #siracusa #ig_siracusa #dionysius #ear #earofdionysius #orecchiodidionisio