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Catacombs of St. John (Catacombe di San Giovanni)

Piazza San Giovanni | Archeological zone, 96100 Syracuse, Sicily, Italy
0931-665-71
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Ranked #6 of 62 Attractions in Syracuse
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Cemeteries
Description: Descend into this maze of eerie tunnels niched with early Christian tombs hidden beneath the roofless, flower-filled ruins of a Norman church.
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Langhorne, Pennsylvania
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11 reviews 11 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2014

The tour is given in Italian and English, which is VERY rare in Sicily. Normally, there arent even many signs, and those that are there are in Italian. It was short, but informative. Interesting and close to walk to the Greek theater area.

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Tallinn
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2014

you will be surprise to see this underground part of the city which has an area of 10000 square metres......the guide will bring you around the tunnels explaing a lot of about the place and its history, It will take just an hur but worst to do...

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Warsaw, Poland
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10 reviews 10 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2014

If you intrested in history and way people looked in the past it`s gr8 way to find out. it`s quite shocking to see how culture and society change the way people look especially all models are dead people. Anyway it`s gr8 none hollywood way to discover the past.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2014 via mobile

On a baking hot day these catacombs were fascinating. A guided tour by the brilliant guide took us through layers of ancient history, from the old Greek aqueducts to the catacombs housing 10,000 people's remains. There are no remains there now, having been moved when the catacombs were used as an air raid shelter in WWII, but thousands of graves... More

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Palermo, Italy
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9 reviews 9 reviews
8 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2014

For me it was the most interesting place in the whole city. There are only guided visits (at least I was 'forced' to take this one). Guide speaks english and italian,the cost is 8 euro,there is no discount for students. Really interesting stories and unusuall views make that place one of these that you really have to see in Syracuse.... More

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Bournemouth, United Kingdom
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6 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2014

Even though my husband and I had been to Catacombs in the Appian Way in Rome, we thought it might be worth visiting these, and it certainly was. It's a different experience to Rome, but equally as enjoyable. We arrived early, had 3/4 hour to spend so visited the nearby church of Madonna De Lacrimona, which is very interesting from... More

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sanctuary cove
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2014

These catacombs are no longer occupied (good) but you can still just see 2 frescoes that the earliest pilgrims made beside the still-extant stone altar. A beautiful and moving experience. The ruins/rose window are spectacular. Tours in English don't happen all the time so check in advance if your Itaian is not up to speed.

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Hochheim am Main, Germany
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19 reviews 19 reviews
4 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2014

an unforgettable excursion! Very nice and personal people at a very special place under the soil with lots of graves

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Melbourne, Australia
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119 attraction reviews
143 helpful votes 143 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2014

We arrived just before 1pm to be told the next tour was 1.10pm; good timing. The tours appear to run about every 30 minutes but we couldn't see any sign that indicated when the tours were. The tour is conducted completely underground and may prove difficult for those who are claustrophobic, even though the ceilings are quite high. We were... More

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Melbourne, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2014

The guided tour through the catacombs was fantastic with a very knowledgable tour guide. The catacombs were very impressive, definitely worth a visit.

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