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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 #7 of 60 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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Melbourne, Australia
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36 reviews 36 reviews
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24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2014 NEW

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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cork ireland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2014 NEW

We enjoyed our visit and found the guide very informative, Staff booked a taxi for us which I thought was very kind.

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Cork, Ireland
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33 reviews 33 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2014

Tongue in cheek of course with the title. I am not one for the all day tours or the need to see everything, everywhere. If you do only one thing (and that itself would be a shame) in Ortigia, please visit this site. It is overwhelming. Really friendly staff make the tour an absolute pleasure. It costs €5 with a... More

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Orange, California
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20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2014

This is an interesting part of history. It cost 5 Euros with coupon and is a thirty minute guide underground in the burial site of this ancient city. A can't miss experience if you visit this city

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Sydney, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2014

Entry to the Catacombs, after purchasing your ticket, is by guided tour and I can understand why after visiting the Catacombs. They are vast and you wouldn't want to get lost down here in the dark. There are no bodies left in the Catacombs and the tour guide explains why during the tour. 3 things to note: - you cannot... More

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South England
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 20, 2014

Another must-see of a very large catacomb sadly mostly robbed out but still very impressive. Also its cool down there...

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2014

guided tour lasts about 30 minutes - you see the remains of a church with features going back hundreds of years, the burial place of local saint, and then a walk through several representative sections of the catacombs. The guide was quite good. You don't get to see the entire catacomb area- it is immense in size and I suspect... More

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Milton Keynes, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2014

This was one of the most interesting places we visited in Syracuse. These catacombs contain over 10,000 graves which are located in an old greek aquaduct which runs under the streets of the city, The are a number of old muriels you can see in there and there is an old church at the entrance. You can only enter with... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 31, 2014

There are only guided tours available, so you need to wait a bit. There is free Wifi internet. One ticket costs 7-10e, I think (we paid 21e for 2 adults and 1 child 7 years). Better take some pullover, because it is chilly inside those catacombs. You can see old catacombs, graveyards, old church. After all ruins and Greek theaters... More

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San Diego
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2014

This is my first catacombs, so I can't compare to some of the more traveled sites elsewhere in Italy, but I found this fascinating. Tour guide was informative and I thought the history from ancient Greece, through to the Christian period was very interesting and well worth the visit.

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