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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 managed to arrive just after the tour had left but we were joined to them quite quickly by a member of staff. The tour is given first in Italian and then in English and the guide was ok to answer a...  more »
  • My wife and I visited the Catacombs in Siracusa during a two-week vacation in Sicily. They are entered via a walkway next to the ruins of the 14th century Basilica (Chiesa di San Giovanni). Unfortunat...  more »
  • Firstly the sight of the church is a surprise, most unexpected given the area. Then you join a tour of the catacombs which is very interesting - our guide spoke both Italian and English. You have to b...  more »
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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