Chiesa di San Giovanni Alle Catacombe, Syracuse

4.3
Descend into a maze of tunnels, filled with early Christian tombs beneath the ruins of a Norman church when you explore Chiesa di San Giovanni Alle Catacombe. 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. To visit Chiesa di San Giovanni Alle Catacombe and get the most from your holiday in Syracuse, create itinerary details personal to you using our Syracuse tour planner.
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  • This church is in a nice are of Siracusa not far from the Basilica. Both have very interesting architecture even though very different.  more »
  • It's a magical setting for a wedding and that's how we visited the church. Otherwise what remains of it is not much. Underneath, a visit to the Catacombs is really worth it though. It's eerie, very...  more »
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  • Highly recommend seeing this place for yourself. It's only 8 euros and in that price you get an Italian and English speaking guide. Only minor issue was rude Italians talking over when guide was talking English, but she was great and told them to zip it. 🤐😁 Oh and unlike some people please note: no photos inside the catacombs! 👍 Thank you to our guide she was great.
  • The scale of human endeavour here is a sight you must visit and take in. The remains of the church up on ground is interesting, as are the crypt's. However the real jaw dropping experience is underground in the tunnels. They go on for miles and have that haunting feel you would expect from what is a burial ground. I can't recommend visiting here enough, but please respect the those that lay here and don't take pictures

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