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Monastero dei Benedettini

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Neighborhood: Centro Catania
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Address: Piazza Dante 32, 95100 Catania, Sicily, Italy
Phone Number: +39 095 710 2767
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Description: Il Monastero di San Nicolo l'Arena di Catania (#monasterocatania...
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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One of the biggest monastery in Europe, walk around his corridors is an unique experience.In the heart of Catania.

4 of 5 starsReviewed July 26, 2015
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2015

One of the biggest monastery in Europe, walk around his corridors is an unique experience.In the heart of Catania.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2015

For the most part it seemed closed off but we wandered around for a while and the architecture is beautiful. We stumbled upon it by chance while wandering around the city but it's relatively close to the city center.

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Noordwijk, The Netherlands
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2015

.. if not the biggest. In a quiet yet cosy square the huge and unfinished church stands up in isolation and desperate need for restauration. The entrance to the Monastery , now used a University , is on one of the sides. Check opening time since it is only possible to access with guides. The external part of the monastery... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2015

Seen a library in the basement, corridors full of students, toi-toi toilests, too standing beside the building.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2015

Good insight into cloistered monastic life....impressive church, but one of many. You pay a few euros and get a good audio guide to help appreciate the details. I enjoyed the description of the nun meeting her father through the grille after many years...such emotion.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2015

We stopped in the monastery, not having read the TA reviews, and were delighted by what we found. the audio boxes we carried gave a great history lesson, and the artwork and ceiling paintings were terrific.

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Austinburg, Ohio
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2015

we have not figured out if it was possible pay for guided tours but even just walking (free) in the monastery was a nice experience!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2015

The staff was great. The monastery is a must see. Take plenty of pictures. Huge historical significance.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2015

This building represents the perfect synthesis of the wonderful decadent baroque in Catania. Two wonderful courtyards in perfect shape despite the poor resources available. Imagine the students studying in these peaceful rooms, designed for the monks.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2015

The tour of the monastero was a pleasant surprise and gave us insights in the history of Catania. The guide, Nicola, was very nice, well prepared and spoke perfect English. This is a visit not to be missed in Catania!

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Address: Piazza Dante 32, 95100 Catania, Sicily, Italy
Phone Number: +39 095 710 2767
Location: Europe  >  Italy  >  Sicily  >  Province of Catania  >  Catania>  > Centro Catania

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