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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  • August 16, 2017
    What to say except recommend to visit this beautiful site immaculately maintained and with driving well prepared and very precise in expressing the important historical and archeological site. Council to retrieve the coupon at the Church at the entrance to the ear of Dionysus that allows the whole family to enjoy great savings on these beauties.
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  • August 16, 2017
    To visit the catacombs is mandatory to participate in guided sightseeing advice to show up to 10 am when there are enough people to leave. The guides speak in Italian and English when translated into who is foreign.
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  • August 13, 2017
    Periodic cleaning and maintenance of architectural monuments dating back, accompanied by restoration expert, return to the "old stones" not only the right and proper decorum but ... permettetemelo, "the word" and if you focus a bit seems to relive that past now a tourist destination for more or less curious/watch that does not stop only at a fast selfie
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  • Very nice old church and crypt. The guide was good but took the English and Italian group together, which made for a bit of a crowd in a small space and we had to listen to the dialogue twice. We were not allowed to take photos inside and the tour was really short considering the price.
  • Only guided tours (8€) for 40 minutes in the catacombs. The guide was not too talkative but if you ask questions she's really well prepared. Totally recommended!
  • Even though you have to go on a guided tour, which is pretty brief, and you cannot take photos, this is still a worthwhile visit. The crypt and catavombs are both amaxing. Loved the frescoes in the crypt.
  • Lovely guide. Very special. Guided tours only.
  • 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

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