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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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Layers of history

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... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed July 26, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2015 NEW

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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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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Niagara Falls, Canada
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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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Brisbane, Queensland, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2015

We enjoyed seeing the catacombs and they really are interesting with a great history. The tour guide whipped us through at a very fast pace which was unnecessary as there was not a large waiting crowd. She was informative but very curt and zero people skills. So it spoiled the experience a bit.

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Hanover, New Hampshire
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2015

We took an English tour of the catacombs. It was interesting to see how the catacombs were used and the chapels that were there. All of the bones have been moved.

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Cambridge, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2015

Between the amazing archeological site and the archeology museum we "stumbled" on the catacombs and decided to take the tour -- and were we amazed. They cover some 10,000 sq meters and have 10,000 graves. It is a very well laid out and organized underground city with a main street, many side streets and chapels. The tour was in Italian... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2015

It's a must see. They are quite extensive and there is a lot to see. The atmosphere is peaceful and it's really relaxing to wander around. Don't miss it. CIAO

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2015

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

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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