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“Great Place...Go At Right Time??” 3 of 5 stars
Review of Monastero dei Benedettini

Monastero dei Benedettini
Piazza Dante 32, 95100 Catania, Sicily, Italy (Centro Catania)
+39 095 710 2767
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Ranked #2 of 68 Attractions in Catania
Type: Historic Sites, Museums, Sights & Landmarks
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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'.
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“Great Place...Go At Right Time??”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 14, 2013

This place had all the hallmarks of a fantastic visit...but maybe I went at the wrong time (Monday morning). This is actually an University, which I didn't realise, so the place was packed. A lot of the rooms were locked or out of bounds. The basement area couldn't be accessed due to exams. All the corridors look the same so you will easily get lost. I gave up in the end and had to ask for an escort to get outside! Would have been a fantastic place to visit at the right time - maybe when there are less students around.

Visited March 2013
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“Love escape in Catania at the B&B Globetrotter”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 16, 2013

Worth visiting, one of the biggest Benedictin monastery in Europe hosting now the University of Catania

Visited January 2013
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“Go with the tour, even in Italian”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 4, 2013

I visited monastery at the beginning of September, later in the afternoon, so place was almost empty. When I first stop by in tour office, they told me that tours are offer in Italian only and suggested that I should grab map and just wondering by my own. I tried, but it did not work – some rooms was closed, some was hard to find, etc; so I get back to the office and join tour in Italian. My guide did not speak English at all, but I got I cheat-sheet with a numbers, so on each stop she pointed on appropriate number and I read comments in English, which were really interesting. Monastery is very impressive blends of roman, baroque and contemporary architecture and tour is needed to really understand and appreciate work of many generations.

Visited September 2012
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“I want to study/teach there”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 12, 2012

It's worth watching students following their courses in this magnificient building. You can wander around, inside and outside, and take the time to sit in the small court on the left side of the building looking at the facade and the balconies. Amazing work.

Visited October 2012
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“A great place to visit”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 26, 2012

It is worth a visit if you are visiting Catania and especially when helped by the friendly people of officine culturali

Visited September 2012
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