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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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  • Only the remains of this beautiful church, but very well kept and incorporated into a set suggestivio and not to be missed (catacombs)-
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  • In the catacombs always descend interesting, though of course these catacombs strongly Capuchin catacombs in Palermo to concede. Here, too, were once a Christian burial, but all remains have been handed down from here during World War 2, when the catacombs were used as a bomb shelter. Visit the catacombs is only possible with a guide, taking pictures is prohibited.
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  • Visit a little different from other cultural visits. C is true that the visit is in English and Italian, but Italian is very close to the french and even without speaking we can understand about the guide. Poignant visit, d long (40 minutes) and cool... not insignificant summer. We n not guess the slot floor are all loaded history.
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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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