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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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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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I wasn't too excited about going to see a 17th Century monastery especially since it wasn't a monastery any more. And I was in two minds about the tour but I was totally wrong... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 4 days ago
London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

I wasn't too excited about going to see a 17th Century monastery especially since it wasn't a monastery any more. And I was in two minds about the tour but I was totally wrong. The tour is fascinating and you get to see things that are not open to the public (like the Roman mosaics and wall paintings). You get... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

To best appreciate this immense former monastery, now a part of the University of Catania, take a guided tour, generally offered every hour. When you buy your ticket (6 euros), make sure you get the 5-page description if your tour isn't offered in English. If possible, read it before the tour so you can spend your time admiring the many... More 

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Cheshire, UK
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

The Monastero dei Benedettini is a working school and as such there are a number of areas you cannot access, which meant we were unable to get out in to the internal courtyard or on to the balconies, which was a disappointment.

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Florence, Italy
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This immense monastery with its beautiful cloisters was the largest Benedictine monastery in Italy and second largest in the world. It is now being used as part of the University of Catania. In order to appreciate it you need a guide. We wandered in by chance and only later discovered that we had missed some important areas like those with... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 24, 2015

In a prominent position in Catania and I found the ruin-like feel from the outside fascinating. Wandered in and was transfixed by the faded beauty of the place. What an amazing place to be a student! Get a guide as I think you will have access to much more than what a casual visit will experience.

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London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 2015

This building was a monastery but is now being used at least in part by the university. It was very quiet and had beautiful frescos on the main staircase. Looking into the main courtyard from the balcony shows a big quad with quiet cloisters. Thought that the old de consecrated church next door which belongs to the monastery was also... More 

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Redditch, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 11, 2015

We had an excellent guide and it was well worth the visit. A very interesting building rich in history. It also functions as part of the University of Catania. Some of the original mosaic floors are still in evidence in the basement of the building.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 6, 2015

Fascinating history, very nice architecture. We had a tour with a very nice guide, who went out of her way to speak English (the tour was in Italian)

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 4, 2015

Glad we went! Sandra was the guide and did an outstanding job. They give an English paper but Sandra spoke excellent English and made it a great tour.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 3, 2015

This Monastero is greet for a 90 minutes / 2 hour visit. Even without an English speaking host its great to visit because they have printed some information and the guides try to explain a little in English. the only thing we noticed is that it could get some refurbishment, some parts are really shabby..

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