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Chiesa di San Giovanni alle Catacombe

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Address: Piazza San Giovanni ale Catacombe, 1, 96100, Syracuse, Sicily, Italy
9:00 am - 12:00 pm
2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
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Thu - Tue 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
2:00 pm - 5:00 pm

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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Very interesting and a nice escape from the heat of the day! Well worth a visit and not too expensive!

5 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
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Warrington, United Kingdom
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Warrington, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Very interesting and a nice escape from the heat of the day! Well worth a visit and not too expensive!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

This place is a joy. We took the free tour with the English speaking guide and it was hugely entertaining & interesting. The guide took us below the city in the catacombs where there are more than 10,000 excavated graves and she showed a few particular graves with different murals or stones. The church above is beautiful and apparently is... More 

Thank bhramblejelly
Syracuse, Italy
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The yard of this church was restructurated. At the bigining it was all green, I was afraid to see it after, but it is a real nice project. You have to visit it!

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Halmstad, Hallands Län, Sweden
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 20, 2016 via mobile

Worth a visit! It was really cool to walk in the old catacombs. Great that they had an English speaking guide. A good place to visit when it's hot as it's nice and cool here.

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Ashbourne, Ireland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2016

An excellent tour lead by a knowledgeable and friendly guide. We received the facts without being burdened with too much detail. An amazing network of Catacombs! The coolness underground was a blessing. Note that it closes from 12.30 to 2.30.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2016

We made a special trip from Ortigia to this site and found it very interesting indeed. One tip is that although it opens at 9.30 it's not worth getting there before 10 when the first tour starts. The tour in English and Italian lasted 45 minutes and we thought the guide was excellent. The ruined church, the first cathedral of... More 

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Launceston, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 8, 2016

Really enjoyed the guided tour of the church, underlying crypt and necropolis of catacombs (the latter being incorporated into the ancient Greek aqueduct system). Interesting insight into early Christian practices in Sicily. A suggestion - separate English and Italian speaking tours would be a useful improvement.

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Adelaide, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 6, 2016

So you think should I venture out of the splendid isolation of the island of Ortigia? Well, yes. If you want to have a window into the past of this city and understand the early Christian beginnings as well as the layering of history which only recently precipitated the last major changes to the site (1900 earthquake, removal of skeletal... More 

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Westchester County, New York
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2016

2ND Largest collection of catacombs in Italy... only the rich got the arched enclosure for their wrapped bodies and an expensive stone to cover the pit that held their body. Our guide did a great job and explaining this underground system

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2016 via mobile

The guide led a 45-minute English/Italian tour of the catacombs which were used during the time of Christ. Originally it held 10,000 graves. The deceased were covered in oil, wrapped in fabric and laid into a grave which was covered by a slab of marble. Very fascinating and well done. You can only see it by guided tour, otherwise you... More 

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