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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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Visiting the Christian burial area

The Catacombs are well-worth a visit. They are situated across the bridge from Ortigia, on the mainland part of the city, in a rather drab high-rise area of the modern city, only... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 27 May 2014
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 May 2014

The Catacombs are well-worth a visit. They are situated across the bridge from Ortigia, on the mainland part of the city, in a rather drab high-rise area of the modern city, only a 15 minutes walk from Ortigia. Guided tours of the catacombs take place on a regular basis. It's an eye-opening experience to see how the ancient Roman Christians... More 

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Sydney, Australia
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 May 2014

These catacombs are interesting but not so much as the ones in Palermo. If you can't get to Palermo then at least take a look at these. There are no bodies so don't worry, the tour guide is kinda rushing, but still interesting. The bad thing is you cannot take photos, I really don't know why they have this rule.... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 May 2014

Recommend the guided tour in English. We learned a lot of history. I was relieved that there are no bodies left. The area is vast and extremely interesting. The church above group is ancient and the exterior is definitely worth seeing.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 April 2014

These catacombs give a great insight into the lives of the early christians. Very extensive and very atmospheric with a chance to see where St. Paul is said to have actually preached. Not to be missed!

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 April 2014

We took the English tour of the Catacombs after we arrived at the Archeological Museum and found it closed. The tour covers only a small section of the huge Catacombs, but you get views down long hallways that convey the vastness of the space in what seems to be an endless underground city, like a scene from an Indiana Jones... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 March 2014

The catacombs were much larger than we expected and the guide who showed us round was very helpful and really created an insight for us into the history of the Catacombs and church. I wish I could remember the name of the lady who showed us round because she was so enthusiastic and passionate about Sicily and its history.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 March 2014

Above all, see the crypt of Saint Marciano, where, tradition has it, Saint Paul preached during his stop-over in Syracuse on the way from Malta to Rome (Acts, 28: 12). Whether you believe that or not, the crypt is incredibly atmospheric, and it's easy to accept that may have been used by very early Christians.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 March 2014

Our tour guide was phenominal with great English (wish I had her name for you). It's really mind-blowing to see this place, and get in touch with its history.

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Valdosta, Georgia, United States
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 February 2014

Enjoyed our visit with a guide. Was able to see the frescos and one of the cats that lived down there followed us around and made sure the guide told us everything! Fun.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 February 2014

The guided trip takes only 40 min. but you are really lost in time...out of this world journey...you really feel THE TIME...

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