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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 78 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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Sydney, Australia
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56 reviews 56 reviews
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32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
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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31 reviews 31 reviews
4 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
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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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
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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22 reviews 22 reviews
9 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
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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9 attraction reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
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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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 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...

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Zurich, Switzerland
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 12, 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 can see until where it arrived and what they did to prevent the lava from... More

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Limoges, France
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12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 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), the underground, the cloisters...it takes more than 1 hour to really visit it well but... More

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Ghent, Belgium
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48 helpful votes 48 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 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.

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