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Monastero dei Benedettini

Piazza Dante 32, 95100 Catania, Sicily, Italy (Centro Catania)
+39 095 710 2767
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Ranked #2 of 79 Attractions in Catania
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Historic Sites, Museums
Owner description: Il Monastero di San Nicolo l'Arena di Catania (#monasterocatania), gioiello del tardo barocco siciliano e tra i complessi benedettini piu' grandi... more » Owner description: 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'. « less
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Leeds, United Kingdom
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7 reviews 7 reviews
5 attraction reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 25, 2014 NEW

This was a most interesting tour of the monastery, giving access to places that would not be open to public access and which would not easily be found even if they were. the guide was knowledgeable and, together with the printed guide in English, was able to help us understand the building and its previous history. Though he ensured we... More

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Chester
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 23, 2014

We had a great time when we visited and went on the tour we were the only English speakers but the guide was brilliant she would also explain in English. But it wasn't until we got back to the U.K that my partner kept wishing he'd bought one of the lava key rings from the shop. So I emailed the... More

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Tallinn
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2014

despite its location a bit far from centre, walking there you will descover a different side of Catania and the Museum it is just wonderfull as well as the building where it is located in....

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Officine C, Responsabile relazioni pubbliche at Monastero dei Benedettini, responded to this review

Dear nerbore, thanks for the review and for the interesting comments about the Benedictine Monastery of Catania. More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 5, 2014

There were only the 2 of us so the guide spoke in fluent English. The size of this place and age of some of the areas is astounding and so interesting.

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Officine C, Responsabile relazioni pubbliche at Monastero dei Benedettini, responded to this review

Dear emily1982, thanks for the review. We're glad to know that your visit of the Monastery was a pleasent experience. More

Sydney, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2014

Entry was 6 Euro and included a guided tour. There were only two of us, so it ended being a private tour. Most impressed with the guide's English as she normally only does the tour in Italian. Quite amazing the size of the monastery and the architectural styles from Roman houses in the basement to the Sicilian late baroque.

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Officine C, Responsabile relazioni pubbliche at Monastero dei Benedettini, responded to this review

Dear lizjak10 thanks for the review. We're very happy that your visit of the Monastery was a pleasant experience. More

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2014

The building is amazing! Enormous and very beautiful, mainly because it was built in 1550's. The entrance is wonderful. Some points I believe could be much better: - guided tour only in Italian... At least in English! - more details inside building - since it is a university now you can't walk just like you walk In museum.

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Officine C, Responsabile relazioni pubbliche at Monastero dei Benedettini, responded to this review

Dear Gustavo Cappi, thanks for the kind review, the compliments about the Monastery and your interesting comments. For practical reason, when a guided tour starts with both Italians e foregniers guests, the guided tour is in Italian and our foreigners visitors can follow thanks to the support of a text that we provide in different languages. More

Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2014

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

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Marlow, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 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 volcano and then the earthquake. Get there in the morning as the church can be... More

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Budapest, Hungary
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2014 via mobile

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

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Brisbane, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 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 in much of Sicily there were excavated Roman houses under the building and you could... More

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