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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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  • The catacombes open at 2.30 for the afternoon. So we arrive on time to be told tours commence at 3.15 and you can only visit with a tour. Odd? we thought so. If it is ope why do we wait for 45 minutes...  more »
  • Unfortunately, you can visit Church and catacombs with a guided tour. Unfortunately, our guide seemed quite demotivated and reeled down the information without enthusiasm in Italian and something like English sounded. It is one of the greatest sights of Syracuse. Many different cultures have used the system in a variety of ways. You can see the traces of the old water supply, the Paleo-Christian tombs and much more. Do not miss!
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  • Most of the remains of the Church, built with ancient columns of recovery and recently restored, it is interesting to the impressive large galleries and tunnels below pattern, i.e. the catacombs. Originally, there were over ten thousand niches. Sure, there remain few visible fragments of painted decoration, but a visit is equally recommended for the atmosphere reigning in this underground maze where, moreover, the remains of the crypt of Byzantine origin. Brave and competent the girl who acts as a guide to the visit. Too bad only that, as often happens, the opening hours are unpredictable ...
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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.