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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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Cool catacomb tour

Amazed that large a catacomb network exists under siracusa. Its nice and cool down there, esp good in summer. The tour was done bilingual (English and Italian) but i think we... read more

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

Amazed that large a catacomb network exists under siracusa. Its nice and cool down there, esp good in summer. The tour was done bilingual (English and Italian) but i think we designed to have equal amounts of time for both while keeping the detail. Note the no pictures policy! Also quite a bit of walking and uneven ground so wear... More 

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Manchester, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 19, 2015

Large catacombs with An interesting, guided tour, around 40 mins in total. They started on the half hour, but do check. Could combine with a visit to the archae parc, though I enjoyed this more.

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london
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 19, 2015

well worth a vist , near other museums , coool , really atmospheric, keen guide , could have spent a little longer. he was bilingual, that is welcome

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Toronto
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 16, 2015

The catacombs are very near the archeolgical museum and it makes a lot of sense to do them on the same day. A guided tour is obligatory(English and Italian) and our guide was quite helpful. The total area is quite large and the tour focuses on the most interesting tombs, which is enough for non-specialists. The adjacent church of San... More 

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Brighton
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 14, 2015 via mobile

These catacombs are amazing. They are huge and the tour is really good, highlighting key tombs and sections with frescoes. You can't wander round on your own or take pictures inside, but I think that's clearly as they're so big you could easily get lost down there.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 8, 2015

Easily accessed from the Greek Theater. The church was totally scaffolded and so there was nothing to see there. The catacombs have a great history. However, we came from Palermo where there were bodies still present and so it was a bit less than these two ghouls were expecting. Go

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Papamoa, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 7, 2015

Loved the Catacombs and had a brilliant enthusiastic little guide, telling us of a life we couldn't imagine.

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Banbury, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 4, 2015

The size of catacombs was amazing. The tour was very informative as well as showing a vast area of the tombs. The guide spoke excellent English and was always ready to answer questions.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 3, 2015

The catacombs were very interesting and were spread over a vast area. The guide was very informative and explained the history of the catacombs, she had very good English and a great knowledge of the tombs. It was a lovely way to spend an hour and I would recommend a visit to them.

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Fort Lee, New Jersey
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 3, 2015

Tremendously well-informed English speaking guide. Historical information about how the catacombs were cleared of corpses to provide a bomb shelter during WWII was fascinating!

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Additional Information about Catacombs of St. John (Catacombe di San Giovanni)

Address: Address: Piazza San Giovanni | Archeological zone, 96100 Syracuse, Sicily, Italy
Phone Number: 0931-665-71
Location: Europe  >  Italy  >  Sicily  >  Province of Syracuse  >  Syracuse
Open Hours:
Sunday 9:00 am - 12:00 pm  2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Monday 9:00 am - 12:00 pm  2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Tuesday 9:00 am - 12:00 pm  2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Thursday 9:00 am - 12:00 pm  2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Friday 9:00 am - 12:00 pm  2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Saturday 9:00 am - 12:00 pm  2:00 pm - 5:00 pm

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