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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 #3 of 73 Attractions in Catania
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Historic Sites, Museums
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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'.

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Talloires, France
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 12, 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 can see the forces of nature - Etna - coming face to face with the... More

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Piran, Slovenia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 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 in the same time also the University. We are sure you can not miss this... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 6, 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 history here and good to be able to wander about.

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Florianopolis, SC
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 5, 2014

Great architecture and beautiful inner gardens in this former monastery, now part of the University of Catania. Don't miss the unfinished church right next to the Monastero, where you can see the biggest meridian clock in the world! Impressive.

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Arlington, Vermont
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 2, 2014

Take the guided tour-if you don't speak Italian, call ahead to arrange a tour in English. The architecture, the history of the monastery (cultural, religious and geologic) are fascinating.

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Leeds, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 25, 2014

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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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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