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Monastero dei Benedettini

Piazza Dante 32, 95124 Catania, Sicily, Italy
+39 095 710 2767
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Monastero Benedettini

Beautiful building, marmer and very spacial. It hosts a university now. Lovely if you can take... read more

Reviewed 3 August 2014
Selina v
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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
history behind closed doors

Guided tour was really interesting. The guide took the two of us around unlocking al the doors to... read more

Reviewed 1 August 2014
Claire R
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Marlow, United Kingdom
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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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Piazza Dante 32, 95124 Catania, Sicily, Italy
Centro Catania
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Reviewed 3 August 2014

Beautiful building, marmer and very spacial. It hosts a university now. Lovely if you can take classes there!

Thank Selina v
Reviewed 1 August 2014

Guided tour was really interesting. The guide took the two of us around unlocking al the doors to show us some really fasciniating areas of what is now the university but which had been a roman villa, then a monastery at the time of the...More

1  Thank Claire R
Reviewed 11 July 2014

There are guided tours but as it is open every day for everyone we just wondered around. Nice to see how they converted the building into uni keeping the original architecture. Really nice garden in the middle of the main building

Thank SzonjaHU
Reviewed 6 July 2014

This was a great way to spend a few hours. There were no other visitors so I had a personal guided tour. It was fascinating to see the various areas of the monastery and see how it has been incorporated into the modern university. As...More

Thank Neve97
Reviewed 27 June 2014

I suggest everybody to visit this beautiful building, where today is the base of Catania University. It is not easy to find, but I was very happy to have seen it, thanks to the advise of the guide...

Thank smile1985
Reviewed 12 June 2014

I visited it in May 2014, advised by a guy in the B&B. A part from the architectural aspect which is for sure nice but not the best example in Italy I think it was interesting to see the lava formation inside the building, you...More

1  Thank Federico M
Reviewed 29 May 2014

This monastery is astonishing : when you enter you would say that it is just an ancient building, but when you visit it (I suggest you to take the guide, just a few euros more) you discover the university inside (the architect is a genius),...More

1  Thank Sara G
Reviewed 28 May 2014

"Take the guided tour" he wrote, And I can only confirm what he said. It took about one hour but it was very interesting, seeing amongst others some roman ruins, and the wall of lava where the flooding stoped.

Thank bbb05
Reviewed 12 May 2014

We just happened to visit as a tour was about to start, so decided to go for the tour. Our tour was in Italian, but we were given a handout in English and our guide answered all of our questions. By taking the guided tour,...More

1  Thank SSgt_Fury
Reviewed 7 May 2014

Impressive from the outside but disappointing since it was the 1 May holiday in Sicily, all the buildings were closed.

2  Thank Barbmike7583
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Denisious
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Response from BBA2012 | Reviewed this property |
The tours are on the hour. They are in Italian but you are given an English script to read as you go around
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