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Monastero dei Benedettini

Piazza Dante 32, 95124 Catania, Sicily, Italy
+39 095 710 2767
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Thank you, Carmelo

If you arrive on a Sunday, as we did, you will find that you must take a tour to see the monastery... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
JohnRegoPark
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Rego Park, New York
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When you're in Catania, this is probably one of the things you should do. It's an interesting... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Jon M
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Long Beach, CA
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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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Piazza Dante 32, 95124 Catania, Sicily, Italy
Centro Catania
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

If you arrive on a Sunday, as we did, you will find that you must take a tour to see the monastery: it is not open to wandering. That's a good idea anyway, because the tours are complete and add an extra dimension to what...More

Thank JohnRegoPark
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

When you're in Catania, this is probably one of the things you should do. It's an interesting place. On the day we were there there were a lot of college students about but they don't seem to mind you walking around and looking around. Some...More

Thank Jon M
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Tour of Monastery is Euro 7 ... photography allowed. A very interesting tour of the Monastery - I went at 9am and there were only two of us - both English speakers - and the very knowable guide spoke perfect English - sooooo - as...More

Thank Ken M
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

What once was a monastery, nowadays is a university. There are beautiful gardens inside, and one of the oldest libraries in Europe. You can visit almost everyday and walk are around.

Thank Christian C
Reviewed 18 June 2017

The guided tour is incredibly worth and highly recommended. The tour is in Italian but a written transcript is provided in English, French and Spanish. The buildings and their history were one of the most interesting parts of our trip to Sicily.

Thank P G
Reviewed 6 June 2017

Unfortunately , we did not have the time to wait for the guided tour of the monastary (currenly hosting the university of Catania) . So we only took a quick look inside the building , and got the impression that waiting for the tour is...More

Thank saul g
Reviewed 4 June 2017 via mobile

Quite secret and not well sponsored today the monastery hosts the University and is available for touristic visits which are highly reccomended for the explanations. Book your visit online or do call the Number to know when the visits are available

Thank Peter P
Reviewed 3 June 2017

Took a tour of the Monastery - beautiful building with amazing history and wonderful architecture. Well worth a visit.

1  Thank 377Rosa
Reviewed 30 May 2017

My wife and I visited the Monastero dei Benedrttini in Catania with some friends during a two-week vacation in Sicily. It is located on Via S.S. Trinita, about a 10-minute short walk from the Cathedral. We were not sure what to expect. It is a...More

1  Thank Richard_Harpum
Reviewed 28 May 2017 via mobile

Walking distance from our apartment, on a lovely quiet square, beautiful architecture. There are cafes and lunch spots opposite.

1  Thank Manchester456
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Denisious
29 March 2017|
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Response from BBA2012 | Reviewed this property |
The tours are on the hour. They are in Italian but you are given an English script to read as you go around
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