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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
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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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Underground where they lie after death

Who doesn't love a nice catacombe? This one consists of a paid tour, a few euros, and about 30 minutes. We walked through a somewhat vast labyrinth of little tombs while the guide... read more

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London, United Kingdom
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45 reviews
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Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Who doesn't love a nice catacombe? This one consists of a paid tour, a few euros, and about 30 minutes. We walked through a somewhat vast labyrinth of little tombs while the guide explained in English and Italian the particulars of each 'attraction.' We learned a bit about burial rites and the local history along the way. There's some interesting... More 

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

I have been to a few catacombs but these are some of the best I have seen. They are fast and are escorted tours which are very informative. A must see x

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Thank Sheila H
Belgrade, Montana
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 245 helpful votes
Reviewed 17 March 2017 via mobile

We had read about this in TA as well as some research we'd done ahead of our trip. This is another world underground! The mere idea of this mass burial site is mind boggling. Religious and the wealthy had the best burial spots. The religious had frescos painted outside the grave. A new / old fresco was located just 7... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 6 December 2016

You have to book a tour, which is English and Italian, and lasts about 45 minutes - in November there was 1 each hour (and the site closes for lunch). The tour guide knew her subject, and explained that the catacombs had been carved out of an old Greek aqueduct. You aren't allowed to take any photos except in the... More 

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Lancaster, Virginia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 82 helpful votes
Reviewed 27 November 2016

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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Reviewed 8 November 2016

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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New York City, New York
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Reviewed 23 October 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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Twickenham, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 19 October 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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Reviewed 17 October 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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Reviewed 12 October 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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