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Catacomba di San Giovanni, Syracuse

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Descend into a maze of tunnels, filled with early Christian tombs beneath the ruins of a Norman church when you explore Catacomba di San Giovanni. Take a guided tour with an English- or Italian-speaking guide. You will learn about the different uses the catacombs had through the years, why and how they were built, and information on early Christian imagery. See the niches where people were buried, or admire the well-preserved frescos as you tour the crypts. This site is also where St. Paul is said to have preached for the three days he was in Syracruse, and holds the burial chamber of the first Bishop sent by St. Peter. Put Catacomba di San Giovanni into our Syracuse trip generator and find out what's close by, where to stay, and where to head next.
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  • We were visiting these catacombs in may 2016. Very interesting visit, lasting about 40 minutes and with a very knowledgeable guide.
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  • It is a few hundred meters from the Archaeological Park of Neapolis. The ticket is worth all the money. Are made only guided tours. Our guide was comprehensive and competent. With her were two interns of the school that we were shown in a clever site. It is very impressive and in my opinion is a must on a visit to Syracuse.
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  • the catacombs are dating back to the IV century a.d., an extraordinary testament to how the Christian community was active and present in Roman times in Syracuse. TO VISIT.
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  • Only guided tours, every half hour. Our guide spoke Italian and English. She was very strict, but her explanation was detailed and interesting. A good option on a hot day
  • Interesting place to see. The guide was not really enthusiastic but well...
  • Beware! If you have limited time. This place is closed more often than open. When it is closed, you need to peer through grill of the locked gate into a dark area to read the sign displaying the hours of operation which are (if you can read them in the dark) INCORRECT! The place closes 30 minutes before the times on the board and opens 30 minutes after the posted times... then, even 30 minutes after the time, you still need to wait until they have enough people to do their guided tour, which is still a MAYBE ! What a disgrace it is for such a lovely town to have a major tourist attraction controlled by people that don't have a commercial mentality. They could at least start simply by putting the sign OUTSIDE the locked gate where the dozens of dissapointed people that arrive during the frequent closures, can read it easily.
  • Very interesting visit, guide well prepared and also nice with our children
  • Wasn't that impressed, the ticket price wasnt worth it to me. Way better bang for buck is the nearby church.