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Monastero dei Benedettini

Piazza Dante 32, 95100 Catania, Sicily, Italy (Centro Catania)
+39 (0)95 7102767
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Ranked #3 of 72 attractions in Catania
Type: Historic Sites, Museums
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Guildford, United Kingdom
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6 reviews 6 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 2014

An absolutely stunning building on the UNESCO world heritage list. There were lots of tourists in Catania but we were the only visitors at the time we were there. If you are in Catania this is a must see!

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Bristol, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2014

We went to this attraction on our day in Catania, as it was ranked very highly on here. However when we actually had a look around, we really became genuinely confused... So this place was a benedictine monastary, and I agree that the architecture is impressive enough, but the majority of places on the map we were given were either... More

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Toronto, Canada
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29 attraction reviews
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 15, 2014

This was the most highly recommended site to us in Catania but, when we got there, we felt like we were in the middle of frosh week at a university. Apparently the monastery is used as a university now so there were young adults everywhere, going to class, smoking, chatting, etc. and we felt like total weirdos wandering around. We... More

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Chester, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 7, 2014

Although the tour was in Italian, the printed English text and the occasional comment from the guide helped us to appreciate this gem of a place. Well worth a visit

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

Dear Simon, thank you for the kind review, we are very happy that you appreciated the monastery even with the guided tour in Italian. Thank you again. More

staines
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36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 2, 2014

This was a little gem just up the road from where we were staying - free to enter, map provided and we had a good wonder around - beautiful building - shame it's been given over to the University but at least that will keep it maintained.

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Viareggio, Italy
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 10, 2014

I must say I have been pleased about visiting this site I did not know about previously. The site itself is not of the most luxurious you can find in Italy but the way it has been restored and it is actually used is significant. I have been pleased to notice that some good money is spent on culture in... More

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Syracuse, Italy
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2014

What a great place! The former monastery is now part of Catania University of Human Sciences. the guided tour takes you through the various parts of the once wealthy monastery. Private rooms, chapels, kitchens, refectory, underground supply system, Roman ruins etc. Well prepared and specialized Italian and English speaking guides make the visit interesting and surprising. €6 we'll spent. Why... More

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Riga, Latvia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 26, 2013

This is a really beautiful monetary that they are currently using as a university. There is a lot to look at but the the place (like most of Catania) needs some work. The students have tagged all of the walls and it looks like it hasn't been cleaned in a while.

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Manchester, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 9, 2013

We enjoyed the guided tour which lasted almost an hour as there was a lot to see. It was such a surprise to see how the university faculty had been successfully incorporated into this exceptional building.

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 6, 2013

We had a guided tour organised by the University of Catania who now occupy this building. Such an interesting place and well worth a visit.

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