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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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A really interesting site with an informative guide. Recommended if you are interested in early Christianity archaeology.

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 21, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2015

A really interesting site with an informative guide. Recommended if you are interested in early Christianity archaeology.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2015

A really insightful exploration of how our ancestors dealt with death. The guide was wonderful and it is really quite incredible to be guided through the the labyrinth of tunnels. Tip stick to the guide as you would not want to get lost down there. Really educational , loved it.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2015

10,000 square metres of catacombs ... Well worth a visit as the guide explains some interesting facts. Aside from one area which has a few steps, it is otherwise accessible with pushchairs etc Guided tours lasts about 30 mins.

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Rotterdam, The Netherlands
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2015

We went here purely for the Catacombs and it is worth the long walk from our apartment. Nice and cool below the ground, pity we didn't quite understand what the guide was telling us in English but still a great experience!

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2015

The extent for these catacombs is extraordinary. You have to visit with a tour guide. Ours was excellent. Her explanations really enhanced our visit. In places she showed us replica finds in situ and explained their importance. It was great to have visited here before doing the Archeological Museum where we able to see the originals - otherwise we may... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2015

One of the best things to do on a hot day is spend an hour or so in the catacombs, soaking in stories. Tour guide only. Although averse to being "guided" , this tour is absolutely worth it, for the guides are erudite and engaging.

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Pavia, Italy
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2015

The tour was interesting and the catacombs are really enormous and amazing. The only drawback is that the group was a little too big for a single guide and therefore was difficult to see properly and follow! But surely is a place to visit!

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2015

My friends and I waited outside the catacombs for 30 minutes before someone came out. The person said it wasn't open although the website said it was. We were very disappointed as this was the top attraction we wanted to see. No ones speaks English in Siracusa so buy a Italian dictionary!

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2015

Our group of 4 visited the Catacombs while in Syracuse for the day from Taormina. I'm really glad we went. Having visited the Catacombs of the Capuchin monks in Palermo 3 years ago, my husband felt this was a bit anti climatic as the catacombs in Palermo actually display hundreds of preserved bodies of the deceased. In Palermo, you wander... More 

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Lephalale, South Africa
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2015

Good tour. Our guide recited a rote script, but what an amazing place. From a Greek Acquaduct, to christian burial grounds and chapels and a bomb shelter. Very interesting and nice and cool to escape the midday sun.

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