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Monastero dei Benedettini

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Neighborhood: Centro Catania
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Address: Piazza Dante 32, 95124 Catania, Sicily, Italy
Phone Number: +39 095 710 2767
9:00 am - 5:00 pm
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Il Monastero di San Nicolo l'Arena di Catania (#monasterocatania), gioiello...

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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So unlike visiting a stately home!

We wandered in having seen a sign at the bottom of the road that seemed to say it was closed. No one stopped us and we spent 2 hours just ambling round the cloisters..there's... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 6 days ago
Corinne B
Valencia, Comunidad Valenciana, Spain
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Valencia, Comunidad Valenciana, Spain
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

We wandered in having seen a sign at the bottom of the road that seemed to say it was closed. No one stopped us and we spent 2 hours just ambling round the cloisters..there's even a drinks machine for cold water. .and a glorious garden to sit in. Stunning architecture and a tranquil place in which to escape a hot... More 

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Istanbul, Turkey
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Very interesting building... I didnt think its amazing but I enjoyed a lot the guided tour and to learn about the Monastero history, its construction.

Thank Amarosti
Noord-Brabant, Netherlands
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Based on the reviews we expected a lot. It is a nice building, but in hindsight not worth going out of the way for it. It is free entrance for the large part, it is still in use, and without taking the paid tour you cannot get everywhere. When we were there there was no tour at that time in... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Lots to see. Lots of history. Do the guided tour!!! This is a monetary converted into a university. Makes me want to apply for a job to teach there. If you're in Catania for only a couple of days, you must plan a visit there. It's incredible how the monastery has been modernized to be useful to the youth of... More 

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Dubai, United Arab Emirates
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The Monastery is a unique place that tells about the human and historic events of the city on the slope at the foot of Etna, from the ancient times until today. The monument is open everyday, for everybody. Find out how to visit, experience and live one of the largest Monastery of Europe.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 16, 2016

As is now a university! For history and humanities! large areas are resticted or closed off ! One needs to take a guided tour to fully understand the beauty of this remarkable building!The Church is closed on Mondays!

1 Thank Rosemary F
Catania, Italy
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 8, 2016

I recommend to visit the "Monastero dei Benedettini" where you'll see a place in a good if not excellent state of conservation. Take at least a full hour, better two to have a deep historical cultural emotion. If you come during the graduations, you'll experience the exciting students atmosphere, too! Lovely!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 5, 2016 via mobile

I did not take a tour but just walked around a bit. It's a very beautiful place! I have to admit though that I was especially fascinated by the church next to it that was never finished. It's huge and it looks totally unreal. Loved it!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 5, 2016

Patrizia was a wonderful guide!! The monastery is fascinating, beautiful. I would not miss it if traveling through Catania!

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 31, 2016

I was there for a 30 minutes visit; it is not breathtaking but beautiful. I did not took guided tour, the English guided tours are on Tuesday and Friday (maybe in another day but I do not remember which day) at 11:00. The entrance is free (if you take guided tour is with payment) The building from the inside is... More 

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