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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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A pleasant surprise in catania

We had arrived in Catania in the morning from Malta, explored the main square, had lunch at the fish market and checked into our hotel and like all good tourists were out... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 31, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2015 NEW

We had arrived in Catania in the morning from Malta, explored the main square, had lunch at the fish market and checked into our hotel and like all good tourists were out wandering in the late afternoon heat - somewhat eased by a short sharp shower of rain. We had no particular agenda, but drifted into the grounds of the... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2015

Just off the Piazza Dante Alighieri, the former Benedictine monastery (now part of the University) is an architectural gem. A grandiose baroque entrance staircase takes you up to the cloisters and gardens, where you can wander at your own leisure or take part in a guided tour (Italian language only). The restoration of the monastery has included the introduction of... More 

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Milan, Italy
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2015

The monastery is very beautiful and I would have enjoyed the visit anyway, but the guide made it a perfect experience with so much passion and talent. I really think without the guide the experience wouldn't be nearly as interesting, so go there and follow the guide for an unforgettable few hours.

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Rotterdam, The Netherlands
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2015

This Monastry has been converted into a university but it is still well worth a visit. It gives a pretty good idea of where the monks used to live. And the church right next to it is one of the most impressive of Catania.

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Chicago, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2015

One of the must go and see place in Catania great architecture and history. Very close to Una palace hotel by walking distance.

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2015

We take visit with the guide that just spoke in Italian, so all the foreign become bored immediately. we visit it at 23:00 in the night. Very Warm, just they show some part of it, the library and nothing else. ll the Catacombes are not open to the public, so very poor and not interesting.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2015

The Benedictine Monastery is a UNESCO World Heritage Site (according to their website: http://www.monasterodeibenedettini.it/benedictine-monastery-catania.htm) and is beautiful, the first inner courtyard has a beautifully tiled gazebo (Chiostro di Levante). The buildings are used by the University of Catania's Humanities Department, and the guided tours will take you through the library (with card-catalogue!) entrenched in the arches of the building. You... More 

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Portsmouth, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2015

The old monestry now part of the university is large and on more than one level and is worth a look as there is no entrance fee, however guided tours are 6 euros.

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San Jose, Costa Rica
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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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