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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 #1 of 76 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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Budapest, Hungary
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21 reviews 21 reviews
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8 helpful votes 8 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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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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72 reviews 72 reviews
15 attraction reviews
53 helpful votes 53 helpful votes
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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10 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 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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47 helpful votes 47 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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Ipswich, Suffolk, England
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 12, 2014 via mobile

We just happened to visit as a tour was about to start, so decided to go for the tour. Our tour was in Italian, but we were given a handout in English and our guide answered all of our questions. By taking the guided tour, we were able to see many areas closed off to the casual tourist. There are... More

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Oxford, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 7, 2014

Impressive from the outside but disappointing since it was the 1 May holiday in Sicily, all the buildings were closed.

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Guildford, United Kingdom
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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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