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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
Phone Number: 39093164694
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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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Well Preserved Tunnels Beneath Siracusa Without the Bones of Palermo's Catacombs

Excellent tour of the extensive catacombs beneath Siracusa. Be sure to check tour times on their website as we hit in the middle of the day and had to wait. Very good rainy day... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 6 days ago
Ernjack1972
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Lancaster, VA
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Excellent tour of the extensive catacombs beneath Siracusa. Be sure to check tour times on their website as we hit in the middle of the day and had to wait. Very good rainy day activity, by the way. Tours are in both Italian and English and give you a good feel for the former permanent residents of the tombs. By... More 

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Melbourne, Australia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The catacombes open at 2.30 for the afternoon. So we arrive on time to be told tours commence at 3.15 and you can only visit with a tour. Odd? we thought so. If it is ope why do we wait for 45 minutes, OK 15 minutes but 45?? Weird. Anyway there is a decent cafe nearby so we went for... More 

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Thank Fitzroytraveller
New York City, New York
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 23, 2016

worth a visit to see this old Christian site. this was an old limestone mine converted to catacombs by the Christians. the Vatican does not allow photos!

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Thank C_Anderson2012
Twickenham, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 18, 2016 via mobile

We were glad we didn't miss this and hung on until it reopened again in the afternoon. You have to go on a 45-minute tour here which is in Italian and English which is probably for the best otherwise you'll get lost in the catacombs! Some 10,000 tombs are in the large network which was also used as a Greek... More 

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Twickenham, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 17, 2016 via mobile

The catacombs cost €8 and you must go on a guided tour which leave about every half hour. The tour was very informative and lasted about 45 minutes. The guide spoke in Italian and then in English. You go down to the catacombs where 10,000 bodies were buried then to a crypt which has interesting frescos.

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 12, 2016 via mobile

Guided and informative tours each hour takes you down and through the very extensive catacombs where thousands were once buried. Not claustrophobic and a revelation of Sicilian history.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 11, 2016

We walked here from the Greek Theatre. Really pleased that we did. Entry only with a guide, Very informative. Amazing how extensive the site is.

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Toulouse, France
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 29, 2016

The ticket cost 8 euros and the visit lasted about 15 minutes. It was not allowed to take photos, even without flash. The catacombes were interesting, the church with old paintings also, but the ticket cost too much for what the guided tour was.

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Birmingham, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 28, 2016

Check opening times as visits are by guided tours and they close for quite a while over lunch time. The catacombs are unbelievably huge in area and housed apparently around 10,000 bodies/sets of bones in its heyday. It was moving to see the different family areas, ornate and fancy for the rich/religious folk and much less grand for the poorer... More 

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Belgrade, Serbia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 25, 2016 via mobile

Our 2nd time in Siracusa, two years ago we didn't have enough time to invest in this tour, but this time it was definately a must. Arrived around 11 o'clock and patiently waited for the next guided tour, the price of a single ticket is 8€ so be prepared. The place itself holds some kind of peace and quietness within... More 

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