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Monastero dei Benedettini

Piazza Dante 32, 95124 Catania, Sicily, Italy
+39 095 710 2767
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Huge hidden jewel

We stumbled across this on the way to the Castle. It is a huge beautiful building which is run down... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
Warrington, United Kingdom
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Unexpected treasure

We would not have thought about taking this tour but for recommendation from folks at Atripical. So... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
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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
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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

We stumbled across this on the way to the Castle. It is a huge beautiful building which is run down with doors missing. Inside it’s the size of a football pitch ! Very atmospheric and not commercial at all only small fee to go in...More

Thank Bluerobin59
Reviewed 1 week ago

We would not have thought about taking this tour but for recommendation from folks at Atripical. So glad we did it! A leisurely paced walk through an interesting building and grounds with loads of history.

Thank tomofboston
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Just go and see to understand. It is also an example of great restoration. Don't miss this place in Catania. The neighborhood around has been requalified too thanks to the fact that the college has moved in. So it is nice just to wander around.

Thank annamariaeguy
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Beautiful Monastery - large building complex to see. Cost 6 Euro per person. Be sure to make an advance reservation - don't just show up for a tour - especially for the English language guided tour.

1  Thank veegee123
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Great Sicilian monastery located in Catania, great history, great structure, great culture, to visit absolutely

Thank Fabrizzio R
Reviewed 12 December 2017 via mobile

I am always amazed at just how much goes on in a place like this, then the age and the construction and reconstruction. The rebuilding after destruction hits and now the wonderful use...there is a god. :-)

Thank M C
Reviewed 22 November 2017 via mobile

One of the first time ever i liked an excursion. We join a group for a tour in an info point on the territory of the monastery. Our guide was Nicola - perfect! It last more than one hour and we enjoyed every minute, even...More

1  Thank Nastya G
Reviewed 3 November 2017

Went here when visiting Catania. Used to be a monastery but now a university. We took the guided tour and enjoyed it.

Thank Johnlobster
Reviewed 25 October 2017

It is one of the larger old constructs in Catania. You can take a (Italian or English) guided tour - check the schedule. Or wander around yourself with a map. Entrance is free. It is a university building nowadays, so there are students all around....More

Thank Roel H
Reviewed 25 October 2017

This former monastery encapsulates a lot of the history of the city of Catania, with a bank of lava forming part of the foundations, the conversion of the monastery into a university building and so on. We went on a Sunday when there were no...More

1  Thank scarletgleam
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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