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Monastero dei Benedettini

Piazza Dante 32, 95124 Catania, Sicily, Italy
+39 095 710 2767
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Fascinating History

I visited the Monastery/University twice, once on a guided tour and once without. The tour is a... read more

Reviewed 27 February 2015
Michael J
Interesting former monastary

The monastary is now the University of Catania - and very active with students. When we visited an... read more

Reviewed 25 February 2015
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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 27 February 2015

I visited the Monastery/University twice, once on a guided tour and once without. The tour is a must, as it provides very interesting background on a fascinating university building (built on top of a monastery which was itself built on top of another monastery, which...More

Thank Michael J
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Reviewed 25 February 2015

The monastary is now the University of Catania - and very active with students. When we visited an English tour was not available so we wandered around on our own (for free) with a map provided at the ticket office. It was interesting to be...More

Thank Diane K
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Reviewed 25 February 2015

Very interesting indeed, the place is packed with history and tales from those times, human beings who shared the same believe, so much commitment must have been needed to endure it all.. only their prayers would have being their salvation from the plain mind thoughts,...More

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Reviewed 25 February 2015

Guided tours are available, but most are in Italian, so if you want an English tour be sure you check when these happen before you go. You can explore parts of the monastery for free, but the guided tours are much more informative. It's a...More

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Reviewed 24 February 2015

This monastery has appeared under various guises throughout history and each one has completely overtaken the previous identity. However now belonging to the university, clever architects have designed it in such a way that you can see evidence of all the occupants through uncovered layers....More

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Reviewed 6 February 2015

This was easiest my favorite tourist attraction in Catania, and for some reason not much is written about it in guide books. I really recommend paying for the guided tour (it is the only way to get into some of the more interesting areas of...More

2  Thank nonamect
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Reviewed 3 January 2015

The Monastero is presently housing the University of Catania. The underground library is well worth a visit. Guides are abundant and informative. The gardens while not up to Tivoli standards are nonetheless interesting. The floors and stonework alone make the Monastero well worth an hour's...More

Thank emistruth
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Reviewed 12 November 2014

I thoroughly enjoyed my tour with Simona (I was the only one there so I had a personal tour). The building has an interesting history and gives an in-depth insight into the life lived by the Benedictine monks at the times they lived there. You...More

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Reviewed 11 November 2014

Me and my brother we were travelling in Sicily this October. We stopped also in Catania for five days. We absolutely had to visit The Monastery San Nicolo. Incredible! We had great guided tour with Miss Maria Rachelle. We appreciate very much that it is...More

Thank LJUBA M
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Reviewed 6 November 2014

It is possible to join a tour guide for this sight and I would highly recommend that. This is a place where one should really get to know it's history and be guided to view all the ancient ruins beneath the monastery. A lot of...More

Thank Jeannie K
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Eileen W
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Response from Officine C | Property representative | Reviewed this property |
Dear Eileen W, if you want further information to book the english guided tour, you may contact us by calling the following numbers: +39 0957102767/+39 3349242464 You can reach the monastery from the cruise port easily on... More
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Denisious
29 March 2017|
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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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