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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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Fascinating tour of early Christian Catacombs

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... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 7 December 2016
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 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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5 of 5 bubbles 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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4 of 5 bubbles 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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4 of 5 bubbles 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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5 of 5 bubbles 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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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 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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5 of 5 bubbles 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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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 October 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 29 September 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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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 September 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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