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Monastero dei Benedettini

Piazza Dante 32, 95124 Catania, Sicily, Italy
+39 095 710 2767
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Worth a visit

Went here when visiting Catania. Used to be a monastery but now a university. We took the guided... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Morpeth, United Kingdom
Monastry turned into a university

It is one of the larger old constructs in Catania. You can take a (Italian or English) guided tour... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
Roel H
Deventer, The Netherlands
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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
+39 095 710 2767
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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 4 weeks ago

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 4 weeks ago

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

Thank scarletgleam
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Massive complex of monastery buildings, it features an 'info point'. Great for architecture geeks. Founded in the 16th century, now it belongs to the university and is lively with students.

Thank afs216
Reviewed 15 October 2017

we are english speaking and had to join in on an italian tour. Even with limited translation of what we were seeing it was well worth the time. It is hard to fathom all that the building has been through and how it is used...More

1  Thank pjcharles
Reviewed 15 October 2017

A place we’d read we should visit. It took a while to find our way in and then you could wander around what is now part of the university. It was Saturday and there was a medical conference on. We found the church next door...More

Thank Moira S
Reviewed 20 September 2017

We decided not to pay and see inside as it's not a monastry anymore but part of the university. We were pleased to be able to amble outside and get a feel for the original place, their gardens and oive trees still there where you...More

Thank Brian S
Reviewed 14 September 2017

Due to the extremly good rating here on tripadvisor, I expected more. We participated in a tour, which was guided by a really nice and well informed woman. But I thought there were more impressive things to see. It was interesting to hear about the...More

Thank Lauryyylu
Reviewed 21 August 2017 via mobile

Awesome place not to miss. Guided tour enjoyable nearly entertaining. Unique combination of several artficats through the time.

1  Thank Francesco A
Reviewed 15 August 2017

The monastery gets a good review on Tripadvisor, but what we saw left me a bit underwhelmed. It would have liked to see some of the things on the guided tour - like the roman road - but the only tour was in Italian. I...More

1  Thank Kay K
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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