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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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Auseric

Good insight into cloistered monastic life....impressive church, but one of many. You pay a few euros and get a good audio guide to help appreciate the details. I enjoyed the... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed July 1, 2015
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2015 NEW

Good insight into cloistered monastic life....impressive church, but one of many. You pay a few euros and get a good audio guide to help appreciate the details. I enjoyed the description of the nun meeting her father through the grille after many years...such emotion.

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Roanoke, Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2015 NEW

We stopped in the monastery, not having read the TA reviews, and were delighted by what we found. the audio boxes we carried gave a great history lesson, and the artwork and ceiling paintings were terrific.

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Austinburg, Ohio
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2015 NEW

we have not figured out if it was possible pay for guided tours but even just walking (free) in the monastery was a nice experience!

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Las Vegas, Nevada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2015

The staff was great. The monastery is a must see. Take plenty of pictures. Huge historical significance.

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Pescara, Italy
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2015

This building represents the perfect synthesis of the wonderful decadent baroque in Catania. Two wonderful courtyards in perfect shape despite the poor resources available. Imagine the students studying in these peaceful rooms, designed for the monks.

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Leiden, The Netherlands
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2015

The tour of the monastero was a pleasant surprise and gave us insights in the history of Catania. The guide, Nicola, was very nice, well prepared and spoke perfect English. This is a visit not to be missed in Catania!

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Long Valley, New Jersey
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 12, 2015

If you are in Catania this is a "can't-miss" site. You can get tours in Italian and English (maybe others), my tour guide switched to English (she just graduated from the U of Catania in foreign languages) to accommodate the tour, but usually the language of the tour is pre-determined on the schedule so call first. If your tour isn't... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 6, 2015

Was here with a large group. If you can get Nicolo as your tour guide, do it. He's entertaining, theatrical, and knows the place backwards and forwards. The Monastery is built upon the old monastery, which was besieged by the volcano but survived only to collapse in an earthquake. What's wonderful is you can see the new building constructed upon... More 

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Preston, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 4, 2015

I have to say, we got lost trying to find the monastery. Signs are confusing and entrances are set up for university students but when we did get in, we had a tour which was amazing! The building has been so affected by the lava flow, the remains of which you can still see and the monastery was for 50... More 

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Geneva, Switzerland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 31, 2015

To visit the Monastero, i strongly suggest Saturdays, as during the week it's normally used by students. Late afternoon, wonderful lights and the very knowledgeble tour guide had no other guests but us!

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Address: Address: Piazza Dante 32, 95100 Catania, Sicily, Italy
Phone Number: +39 095 710 2767
Location: Europe  >  Italy  >  Sicily  >  Province of Catania  >  Catania>  > Centro Catania

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