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 at the foundations which has been conserved with glass walk ways above it. The kitchens also down below have been preserved and next to them you can see the remains of the lava flow which just stopped short of covering the monastery. Upstairs the music room which is modern but which has been carefully blended into the fabric of the building and best of all the magnificent staircase which has white marble sculptures of new testament scenes. Do not miss this if you are visited Catania.