This site is made up of the Church of St. John, translated to San Giovanni, as well as the catacombs of St. Giovanni. The church was established later on during sometime in the Middle Ages, approximately during the 300’s AD, and was used to bury the dead. The catacombs are extremely extensive, and are the most extensive catacombs that remain from the Roman era, other than Rome. This is, naturally, with the other three sites that remain in Siracusa, although this one is the best of them all, hands down.
When taking the tour, you are able to request a guide that speaks either Italian or English, depending on how well you can speak Italian, and it’s best to do some research on the attraction before you go. You will learn the majority of the history while you are on the tour itself.
There is a crypt, interestingly enough includes an altar, which is from the early times of the church itself, as well as paintings from that era as well. From inside the catacombs, you are able to see the interior courtyard, almost from above, which is also very beautiful. The history itself, above all of the various types of graves that one will see, shows insight into some of the early Christian practices.
The Catacombe di San Giovanni is one attraction in Siracusa that you do not want to miss, especially if you are a history buff. To find more information see this website