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“Better than the catacombs of Rome.” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Catacombs of St. John (Catacombe di San Giovanni)

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 57 Attractions in Syracuse
Type: Cemeteries, Cultural
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Owner description: Descend into this maze of eerie tunnels niched with early Christian tombs hidden beneath the roofless, flower-filled ruins of a Norman church.
Dublin, Ireland
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“Better than the catacombs of Rome.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2012

Please somebody, tell the tour guide that the word is pronounced "toom" not "Tom". So irritating. Best catacombs in Italy. Very good tour. And cool. In 40 degrees of July heat, it's the only sensible place in Syracuse to be.

Visited July 2012
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“Guide fails to do the place justice”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2012

Extraordinary underground city of the dead. However, the scale was not evident from the short guided tour. Guide had poor English so I found myself struggling to follow the Italian version (which was fuller).

Visited July 2012
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Buffalo, New York
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“Tour was good”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2012

Tour guide said everything in both Italian and English. We knew enough Italian to know some things were left out, but we were glad not to have missed the wonderful history of this spot.

Visited June 2012
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Hamburg, Germany
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“Very immpressive”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2012

The tour is only 8 Euro and is done by and very skilled and enthusiastic guide.
The place is a real part of JudeoChristian history.

Visited June 2012
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Santa Fe
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“Another let-down”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2012

We had no quarrel with having to go with a guide--it is their site after all and it is hard to maintain. But the guide was a power hungry tyrant, the tour was limited in scope and duration, and she conveyed no information that wasn't in the Blue Guide.

Visited March 2012
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