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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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Excellent subterranean tour

This is one of the many excellent facets of history in Syracuse. The visits are arranged in tours by a guide who gives you an explanation. Worth seeing in its own right, but... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 25, 2015
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Manchester, United Kingdom
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Manchester, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2015 NEW

This is one of the many excellent facets of history in Syracuse. The visits are arranged in tours by a guide who gives you an explanation. Worth seeing in its own right, but excellent as part of a visit to the museum and Neapolis.

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Milton Keynes, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2015 NEW

So much more than I imagined! The catacombs were large, intricate and cool (a great relief on a hot day!). The 30 minute tour in English was so worth it. Recommended!

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Moscow, Russia
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12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015

Although most of the slabs have been removed, (marble has been valuable from ancient times) just wandering through the labyrinth of the catacombs is worth, but the highest reward are the old paleochristian frescoes. Visit is guided both in italian and english and very instructive

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Santa Fe, New Mexico
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 17, 2015

It was amazing the scope of the catacombs. The 30 minute tour is in English and Italian the tour guide was very informative and answered questions. There is a city visitors bus that circulates Siracusa with a stop within a block of the catacombs. Well worth it!

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Cork, Ireland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2015

If you want some fresh air when it's roasting outside, then this is the perfect place in Siracusa! It's even better if you take a jumper with you. The guided tour was very interesting and the guide was nice and speaked perfectly English.

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London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 5, 2015

Informative tour, great cool place to hide from the heat. Hard to find, it's just to the right in front of a kids playground. Very much worth the entry price of €8, tour is 35-40 minutes in English and italian.

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Peterborough, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 3, 2015

We found these early Christian underground tombs, converted from Greek aquaducts, fascinating. Quite unlike anything I'd seen elsewhere, the tour guide (compulsory - it's a labyrinth and you can't wander solo) was well informed and gave commentary in both Italian and English. We found it quite hard to find having ventured out with a rough idea of the location -... More 

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Lincolnshire
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 3, 2015

Interesting tour of this site, shame you cant take photographs, but the guide was good and explained the main parts. well worth seeing

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

Simply the best attraction in Syracuse, bar none (and so much better than the half-closed Neapolis ten minutes away). The catacombs are just amazing, the guide is knowledgeable and informative (in English and Italian) and I challenge anyone not to feel moved by the sheer scale of the catacombs, carved out of rock, tunnels stretching into the dark in every... More 

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Buckingham, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2015

We did not realise just what was underground. When we bought our tickets we were told we had to have the guided tour something we usually shy away from. However if we had not had a guide I think we would still be there trying to find our way out. This place is vast and so well preserved. Our guide... More 

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