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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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Been a couple of week since I visited the Catacombs. You need to dig a little to find them as they're hidden in the midst of new building complexes. The tours are very well... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed April 20, 2015
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Valletta, Malta
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Valletta, Malta
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43 reviews 43 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2015 NEW

Been a couple of week since I visited the Catacombs. You need to dig a little to find them as they're hidden in the midst of new building complexes. The tours are very well organised and occur at sensible intervals. The guide was young but professional and ready to answer questions. Well worth the price and an experience for young... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2015 NEW

I was truly awestruck and overwhelmed by walking through this very extensive network of beautifully lit tunnels. Although all the niches are now empty of bodies, tombs and sarcophagi, and there are just few faded paintings, the experience of walking through these galleries is simply spellbinding. The guide was very informative, first in Italian and then in good English, with... More 

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Nottingham, United Kingdom
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6 reviews 6 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2015

Intricate network of catacombs - an underground 'town' cut into the rocks. Make sure you take the tour - very interesting

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New York City, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 1, 2015

loved this and highly recommend this. The guided tour was very good in illustrating the various tombs, inscriptions and paintings.

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west yorkshire
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2015

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

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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