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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 snapshot of early Christian history

We found these early Christian underground tombs, converted from Greek aquaducts, fascinating. Quite unlike anything I'd seen elsewhere, the tour guide (compulsory - it's a... read more

Reviewed 3 May 2015
Helenelizabeth2
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Peterborough, United Kingdom
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Peterborough, United Kingdom
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20 reviews
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Reviewed 3 May 2015

We found these early Christian underground tombs, converted from Greek aquaducts, fascinating. Quite unlike anything I'd seen elsewhere, the tour guide (compulsory - it's a labyrinth and you can't wander solo) was well informed and gave commentary in both Italian and English. We found it quite hard to find having ventured out with a rough idea of the location -... More 

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Lincolnshire, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 May 2015

Interesting tour of this site, shame you cant take photographs, but the guide was good and explained the main parts. well worth seeing

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London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 2 May 2015 via mobile

Simply the best attraction in Syracuse, bar none (and so much better than the half-closed Neapolis ten minutes away). The catacombs are just amazing, the guide is knowledgeable and informative (in English and Italian) and I challenge anyone not to feel moved by the sheer scale of the catacombs, carved out of rock, tunnels stretching into the dark in every... More 

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Thank Adrian K
Buckingham, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 26 April 2015

We did not realise just what was underground. When we bought our tickets we were told we had to have the guided tour something we usually shy away from. However if we had not had a guide I think we would still be there trying to find our way out. This place is vast and so well preserved. Our guide... More 

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Valletta, Malta
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Reviewed 20 April 2015

Been a couple of week since I visited the Catacombs. You need to dig a little to find them as they're hidden in the midst of new building complexes. The tours are very well organised and occur at sensible intervals. The guide was young but professional and ready to answer questions. Well worth the price and an experience for young... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 19 April 2015

I was truly awestruck and overwhelmed by walking through this very extensive network of beautifully lit tunnels. Although all the niches are now empty of bodies, tombs and sarcophagi, and there are just few faded paintings, the experience of walking through these galleries is simply spellbinding. The guide was very informative, first in Italian and then in good English, with... More 

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Nottingham, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 16 April 2015

Intricate network of catacombs - an underground 'town' cut into the rocks. Make sure you take the tour - very interesting

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New York City, New York
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Reviewed 1 April 2015

loved this and highly recommend this. The guided tour was very good in illustrating the various tombs, inscriptions and paintings.

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west yorkshire
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Reviewed 28 March 2015

We saved €3 each by showing our Duomo entrance tickets. We were told we would only be allowed down with a guide and once underground we understood why. There are so many tunnels going off in various directions you could easily get lost! The fellow tourists on our tour were from a variety of countries but luckily for us our... More 

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Reviewed 25 March 2015

Well conducted tour. Make sure you check timings if want in own language. Best catacombs been in. Takes about 30 minutes.

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