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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
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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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Don't miss this exceptional building

We enjoyed the guided tour which lasted almost an hour as there was a lot to see. It was such a surprise to see how the university faculty had been successfully incorporated into... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed November 9, 2013
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Manchester, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 9, 2013

We enjoyed the guided tour which lasted almost an hour as there was a lot to see. It was such a surprise to see how the university faculty had been successfully incorporated into this exceptional building.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 6, 2013

We had a guided tour organised by the University of Catania who now occupy this building. Such an interesting place and well worth a visit.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 24, 2013

We just wandered around the site with the free map. An incredible heritage site. Well worth your time and energy.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 21, 2013

Spectacular architecture with an interesting history. Unfortunately we didn't take a tour as we were short of time, but walked around with our guide book and admired what we were able to see, including the lava flow

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Melbourne, Australia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 13, 2013

I thoroughly enjoyed my tour around this monastery. The tour guide, a young female student kept us all captivated and was very friendly. It was definitely worth the look and the money.

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Bern, Switzerland
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 11, 2013

The surprising fact was that it is still in use - as a University. Full of students, of course. But none of the interesting rooms listed in the guide book were open for viewing. Perhaps we should have bought the guided tour.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 5, 2013

y husband and I visited here in September 2013. We went before the students started university so it was deserted apart from our small group being given a tour by our excellent guide. The whole experience was amazing, from the integration of a very old monastery into a university but also the site of a rediscovered roman mosaic paved road... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 3, 2013

The building is an example of Sicilian late baroque style, but other architectural styles were integrated. It is a part of UNESCO World Heritage List since 2002. The history of the building begins in 1558. I like the Church of San Nicolo L'Arena and the Chiostro di Ponente most. Surely, it should be visited by all the tourists who go... More 

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 2, 2013

We went to the Monastery - which forms part of a university. There is a basic written guide in English but no English speaking guides which was a shame. We walked round the building which was rather beautiful - but it was milling with students - and we felt that we probably missed a lot because we didn't understand what... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 17, 2013

Took the tour In Italian but had the notes in English so it didn't matter, really an awesome place, very interesting. visited on a Sun. morning so the place was empty. (from students).

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