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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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Wonderful and informative tour

You have to join the tour to see the insides and all the interesting bits of the monastery, so don't be deterred even if the tour is in Italian. They would give you a 4-page... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed April 10, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 2015

You have to join the tour to see the insides and all the interesting bits of the monastery, so don't be deterred even if the tour is in Italian. They would give you a 4-page description of each point and you can read it while the guide is speaking in Italian. I found it most helpful to read it before... More 

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Catania, Italy
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2015

try to join a tour to visit old roman cuisine: you will love it. One of the few relics older than the Catania covering in late 1500

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

What a wonderful tour. For 6 euras or 4 for senior it was an hour and half tour. To have it in English you should call ahead but we followed an Italian tour with everything written in English and we didn't miss anything our guide stopped and explained each stop for us. It should be on everyone's list of must... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 16, 2015

Being professional photographer I can tell that this architecture jewel was fantastic late baroque monument to photograph, especially hundreds of best gargoyles I have ever seen. I could spend hours there. If you would like to see some of them go to http://www.agefotostock.com and write in search engine Catania monastery And when being in Catania do not forget go to... More 

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Valletta, Malta
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 15, 2015

This Monastery is worth a visit.You can have a guided tour on the hour every day from 9am for just 6 euro.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 26, 2015

I visited the Monastery/University twice, once on a guided tour and once without. The tour is a must, as it provides very interesting background on a fascinating university building (built on top of a monastery which was itself built on top of another monastery, which was built on top of a Roman/Greek village!). The remains of all this can be... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2015 via mobile

The monastary is now the University of Catania - and very active with students. When we visited an English tour was not available so we wandered around on our own (for free) with a map provided at the ticket office. It was interesting to be strolling through the halls with the students. The architecture was interesting and the stairways leading... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2015

Very interesting indeed, the place is packed with history and tales from those times, human beings who shared the same believe, so much commitment must have been needed to endure it all.. only their prayers would have being their salvation from the plain mind thoughts, lets face it, angels were they not`´´… if the walls could speak it would definitely... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2015

Guided tours are available, but most are in Italian, so if you want an English tour be sure you check when these happen before you go. You can explore parts of the monastery for free, but the guided tours are much more informative. It's a beautiful place. Stop by for an hour or two.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2015

This monastery has appeared under various guises throughout history and each one has completely overtaken the previous identity. However now belonging to the university, clever architects have designed it in such a way that you can see evidence of all the occupants through uncovered layers. Planners in my city could well learn a lot from this style. The most spectacular... More 

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