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Monastero dei Benedettini

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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...more
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Piazza Dante 32, 95124 Catania, Sicily, Italy
Centro Catania
+39 095 710 2767
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

Took the English tour (check on availability, most are in Italian) on a Sunday, which is offered at 3pm. An hour and twenty minutes in duration, this is a very thoroughly explained view of this very complex monestary that was the third-largest in Europe and...More

Thank stufis
Reviewed 3 days ago

Our guide studied here and so was very enthusiastic about it but even without his enthusiasm we would have been enamoured with the place. The church is huge, the sunline ( sundial) quite fascinating and the whole place is not as overladen as many baroque...More

Thank Hitchcock2
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This ancient Benedictine monastery is now used by the city of Catania and the University. In my opinion it is definitely worth paying the few euros for the guided tour because the tour guide gives access to many ancient areas of the monastery which are...More

Thank Bobbrooksster
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Wonderfully restored monastery that is connected to the church next door. It is definitely worth it to book the guided tour at the gift shop. My guide was funny and informative with lots of info you couldn't possibly get from a guide book. HE was...More

Thank Truffle51
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We were fortunate to take the 3:00 English speaking tour. This is a wonderful place and you should make the time to visit.

Thank Kathy M
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

This is quite a sight when you approach it in late afternoon hours. The atmosphere inside the interior garden is very nice, olive trees and some other very rich trees create a nice state of mind. Guided tours inside are possible as well, probably a...More

Thank Anfrist
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

As recommended by our b&b hostess, we booked in the morning the English guided tour scheduled for 3pm. Our tour guide Giovanni holding a heavy bunch of keys bringing the group of 17 ppl to different sections around the historic compound. His presentation is not...More

Thank wchu2018
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

So much to see and soak up- we wandered alone and thoroughly enjoyed what we saw- if your timing is right I imagine a tour would offer much more salient detail.

Thank bmt-12
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We had some problems finding the entrance, but when we got there we decided to tour the premises ourselves instead of waiting for a guide. We did see a lot of things, but information could have been better. Probably a guide would have given you...More

Thank MortenNygard
Reviewed 27 August 2018 via mobile

This a spectacular monastery which is indeed luxury for a monastery, but also huge and and impressive. The visit to eve's is only 3€, and the guided tour is also inexpensive.

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Eileen W
22 March 2018|
Response from Officine C | Property representative | Reviewed this property |
Dear Eileen W, if you want further information to book the english guided tour, you may contact us by calling the following numbers: +39 0957102767/+39 3349242464 You can reach the monastery from the cruise port easily on... More
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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