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Monastero dei Benedettini

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Neighbourhood: Centro Catania
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Address: Piazza Dante 32, 95124 Catania, Sicily, Italy
Phone Number:
+39 095 710 2767
09:00 - 17:00
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Sun - Sat 09:00 - 17:00

Il Monastero di San Nicolo l'Arena di Catania (#monasterocatania), gioiello...

Il Monastero di San Nicolo l'Arena di Catania (#monasterocatania), gioiello del tardo barocco siciliano e tra i complessi benedettini piu' grandi d'Europa. L'edificio monastico, che nasce nel '500 e si sviluppa fino ai giorni nostri, e' un esempio di integrazione architettonica tra le epoche: contraddistinto da molteplici trasformazioni oggi e' patrimonio mondiale dell'Unesco. Sede del DiSUM (dipartimento di Scienze Umanistiche) dell'Universita' degli Studi di Catania, custodisce al suo interno due domus romane, i chiostri e un intero piano costruito da G. B. Vaccarini sopra il banco lavico del 1669. Dal 2010 Officine Culturali, in collaborazione con l'Universita degli Studi di Catania, si occupa della valorizzazione del Monastero dei Benedettini. Il Monastero e' considerato uno dei beni culturali piu' significativi del meridione d'Italia. La missione assunta da Officine Culturali consiste nel rendere accessibile e comprensibile il Monastero nel migliore dei modi e al maggior numero di persone possibile. A tal scopo Officine Culturali ha attivato un'offerta di fruizione variegata e dinamica. Attraverso il servizio di visite guidate giornaliero e' possibile conoscere gli aspetti piu' significativi dell'ex plesso monastico. I percorsi guidati per i piu' piccoli sono arricchiti dai laboratori, dove la narrazione delle "arti e mestieri" benedettini e' svolta in maniera creativa e divertente da professionisti della didattica dell'arte, dell'architettura, delle tradizioni e delle scienze. Oltre al quotidiano svolgimento delle attivita' di promozione, valorizzazione, informazione e accoglienza, Officine Culturali e' promotrice di iniziative ed eventi culturali e di intrattenimento, finalizzati a rendere il Monastero uno spazio di integrazione e aggregazione per la collettivita'.

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We didn't go in, and regret it. We went passed it on the mini train and it isn't finished on the outside. When we researched it, we wish we had gone in

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 13 August 2013
London, United Kingdom
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London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 August 2013

We didn't go in, and regret it. We went passed it on the mini train and it isn't finished on the outside. When we researched it, we wish we had gone in

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 August 2013

An interesting place to visit; used to be a monastery, then left to decay but now almost largely rehabilitated. Contains pieces of history from different eras.

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Leeds, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 July 2013

This is a strange and interesting place, now used as a university. Fascinating to learn about the uses for the building over different periods and interesting to see the damage done by Etna and the different layers of history all in one place.

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IJsselstein, The Netherlands
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 July 2013

Huge building with ornaments around all windows and doors, we couldn't go outside on the first floor of the monastery to look at the inner squares, so we observed through the glass. I especially liked the little garden on top of the old lava flow, where there are big cacti.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 July 2013

Take the english language tour (if you don't speak italian) to see some of the lovely and interesting sites in this way underrated monastery. The second largest in Europe, one can get great views of the harbor, see how the monks saved the building from lava and what needed to be restored after the colossal earthquake at the end of... More 

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Salisbury, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 July 2013

This was not the usual tour of a historical site. Because it is a working University there was a great atmosphere from the buzz of the students around. Seeing how the old building was now being valued and used was engaging and made it more than a tourist visit. The lava flow underneath was amazing.

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Palermo, Italy
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 June 2013

A very interesting place to visit. On Sundays, paying 6 EUR, you can have a guided tour that worths is weight in gold. The rest of the week is free, but you will do the tour among students, employes and professors as the building host the Humanities Faculty. I absolutely recommend it.

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Dunedin, New Zealand
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 June 2013

I loved what they are doing to keep the old place but incorporate the new University Library. Excellent.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 June 2013

Such a shame they never use it. The marble patterned floors, paintings, crypt, huge vaulted, columned ceilings are mouth dropping!! Get there before noon.

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Inishmore, Ireland
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 May 2013

I'd recommend this place to all types of tourists, unless you bring children with you ( they might get bored, the place is nowadays a university). Make sure to take the tour and visit all of it, especially the cellar and the cloisters!

Thank Eli E

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