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Catacombs of St. John (Catacombe di San Giovanni)

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Address: Piazza San Giovanni | Archeological zone, 96100, Syracuse, Sicily, Italy
Phone Number: 0931-665-71
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Descend into this maze of eerie tunnels niched with early Christian tombs...

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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For those who like history, and are familiar with Christianity, it is a very interesting sight to experience visiting the places where some of the Christians had to hide and live... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 3 days ago
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28 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

For those who like history, and are familiar with Christianity, it is a very interesting sight to experience visiting the places where some of the Christians had to hide and live in order to escape certain death. It was a guided tour and this was helpful as several connections with history and prominent people were made during the visit. It... More 

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Nashville, Indiana
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12 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Part of the history of Rome, and everywhere, is death and how we treat it. I found this amazing place to be beautiful and spiritual. Would return.

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Thank Judith Y
San Francisco, California
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35 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 weeks ago

Yes, very cool and when the weather is hot you will appreciate this! I believe it is guided tours only. It is a fascinating look underground at a time in early Christian history that seems alien now, when, for example, people would come and visit graves and pour in a little wine or honey to commune with ancestors.

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Adelaide, Australia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 28, 2015 via mobile

We visited with our adult daughter on a wet Sunday afternoon in December. We arrived as the gates opened just after lunch (2.30pm) for the guided tour. The only way to see the catacombs is as a guided tour which was conducted in Italian and English by a very friendly guide. The catacombs are massive and it would be easy... More 

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2015

We found the catacombs both interesting to see and hear about. Guided tours are included in the entrance fee. We had a guide who provided the tour both in Italian and English. Check for times when the tours have an English speaking guide. The guide provided information which was very informative about the history and purpose of the Catacombs.

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Thank SpiderSD
Chelmsford, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed October 23, 2015

You could only go round the caatacombs on a guided tour. As they had been raided in the past there was little left of interest and no photos were allowed. The commentary was boring unless one happened to be a connoisseur in this field. The extent of the catacombs was impressive however.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 2015

Do your research about when to arrive here as it closes for lunch and I think you can only go with a specific tour time. That being said it is definitely worth doing and very interesting. The tour is in both Italian and English

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2015

Definitely a must visit if you are going to Syracuse. Old underground burial tunnels. The guide was interesting and the tunnels are fascinating.

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2015 via mobile

Not that easy to find - an earlier reviewer on here gives useful instructions. But pretty cool. Massive network of tunnels and an interesting tour. Beware - like everything in Italy it closes for lunchtime

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 13, 2015

They were renovating the street level part of the Piazza when we were there but did a reduced rate into the catacombs, which was fair. Really fascinating despite the fact our guide's English wasn't the best. The only downside is that they don't allow photos to be taken - which wouldn't be so bad if their postcards weren't such poor... More 

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