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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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Description: 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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Short tour but vast subterranean labyrinth

We saved €3 each by showing our Duomo entrance tickets. We were told we would only be allowed down with a guide and once underground we understood why. There are so many tunnels... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed March 28, 2015
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2015 NEW

We saved €3 each by showing our Duomo entrance tickets. We were told we would only be allowed down with a guide and once underground we understood why. There are so many tunnels going off in various directions you could easily get lost! The fellow tourists on our tour were from a variety of countries but luckily for us our... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015 NEW

Well conducted tour. Make sure you check timings if want in own language. Best catacombs been in. Takes about 30 minutes.

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Perth, Western Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 21, 2015

My husband and I visited the Catacombs without a guide but I think it would have been a much more informative experience with an english speaking guide. That said it was still very interesting and would recommend a visit when in syracuse.

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Honolulu, Hawaii
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 12, 2015

There is a tour about a half hour long that is very informative. It's a worthwhile quick stop in Siracusa. Not the largest catacombs I've been in, and fyi you can't take pictures in the catacombs, but I enjoyed the visit. Would give it 3.5 stars.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 10, 2015

We went on a guided tour of these catacombs on a Sunday morning. The Italian guide repeated her information in English. She spoke good English and included the history of the catacombs through various periods of their history. We were surprised at how extensive the catacombs were. The normal entrance fee is €8 but we got a €3 reduction having... More 

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Vestal, New York
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 8, 2015

We visited the catacombs and were part of a small group of tourists. If we had not done some research on our own, we would have not gotten the full understanding of the catacombs. We requested an English speaking guide. We were the only English speaking tourists in our group. The guide explained each part of the catacombs to the... More 

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Toronto, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 28, 2014

This is actually a larger site, made of the Church of St. John (San Giovanni) and the catacombs of St. Giovanni. The church itself was built at a later date, sometimes in the Middle Ages. The catacombs are very extensive, and together with the other 2 or 3 similar sites in Siracusa, are the most extensive catacombs remaining from the... More 

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Brisbane, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 16, 2014

The tour was very well conducted with an excellent guide. Really interesting to see all these ancient relics. Was well worth being underground on a hot afternoon

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Milton, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 31, 2014

I had always wanted to visit "the catacombs" and decided to take an hour and stop at the Catacombs of San Giovanni on our way out of Siracusa. These were catacombs that were built in 300's AD to bury the dead. They were not hiding places for the early Christians. the tour in English was very good and informative. Well... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 13, 2014

visit by tour only, which was very nice and informative and given fairly frequently in english, luckily for us. Its long history and various types of graves provide insight into early christian practices. Unfortunately (or perhaps fortunately!) all the bones were removed and reburied during the war when it was used as a shelter.

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