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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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+39 0931 64694
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09:00 - 12:00
14:00 - 17:00
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Thu - Tue 09:00 - 12:00
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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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quite interesting

my tour guide was obviously not too keen on doing my tour as I was the only tourist...she looked at her watch twice in half an hour and didn't really have her heart in it! however... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 27 February 2013
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 February 2013

my tour guide was obviously not too keen on doing my tour as I was the only tourist...she looked at her watch twice in half an hour and didn't really have her heart in it! however the man who received me at the door was very nice, very helpful and spoke in english. shame he wasn't my guide as I'm... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 February 2013

These catacombs are interesting but not spectacular. Visit if you have lots of time. In Piazza Duomo in Ortigia check if the underground area there is open. It was used as an air raid shelter and is worth visiting.

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Rayleigh, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 January 2013

Loved this felt so much like stepping into history, underground and very good English speaking guide, well worth seeing as the others in Naples and Rome are maybe bigger but these were still vast

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Gloucester, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 January 2013

Miles and miles of underground catacoombs. Fascinating history and well-delivered tour by the tourguide. Well worth the price for the visit. Quite spooky and thought-provoking!

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Ulm, Germany
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 January 2013

Our visit to the Catacombs of San Giovanni were such a surprise. We really didn't know what to expect but were blown away at the historical importance this site held. We appreciated the guided tour (ours was in English) that was included in the price of admission. Highly recommend seeing this upon your visit to Syracuse

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 January 2013 via mobile

I was talked into visiting this attraction by a friend - glad she did. We had a guide to walk us through various sections of the catacombes. It was only a 30 minute tour and no photos are allowed to be taken once the tour commences. Our guide should have been more fluent in the english language if they offer... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 November 2012

The place itself is probably quite interesting but our guide didn't speak very good English so we couldn't understand a lot of what she was saying. It also felt very rushed. €8 was steep for a very quick tour also.

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Toronto, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 October 2012

A really nice guide with an obvious love for the place made this tour underground special. We has a chance to see the extent of these vast catacombs and get an idea of how the people valued them. Well woth the time.

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Rio de Janeiro, RJ
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 October 2012

First of all, plan your visit ahead as there are not many guided tours and you need one to visit it. We truly enjoyed this visit as it was something we were not expecting to see in such an impeccable shape. Definitely recommend but read about its history first.

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Belfast, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 October 2012

well worth a visit. Great tour guide made it really interesting. Answered all our questions. Charged 8EUR which isn't bad.

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