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Monastero dei Benedettini

Piazza Dante 32, 95124 Catania, Sicily, Italy
+39 095 710 2767
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A bit disappointed

The monastery gets a good review on Tripadvisor, but what we saw left me a bit underwhelmed. It... read more

Reviewed 5 days ago
Kay K
Absolutely to visit

The place is AMAZING! Best choice is to have the tour with the guide (very prepared), it lasts... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Claudia C
Naples, Italy
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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 5 days ago

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

Thank Kay K
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The place is AMAZING! Best choice is to have the tour with the guide (very prepared), it lasts more than one hour, but time flies because the place is huge with an interesting story! If you are in Catania, you cannot lost it

Thank Claudia C
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The guide knew extremely much about the monastery and shared his knowledge in a very complete and easy to understand matter.

Thank Arthur B
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Now here is a great quiet place in Catania... ling empty corridors... some nice views and a wonderful staircase to stare at. Its a monastery.... its quiet... and if you are lucky like my wife and I were you have the place merely to yourself.......More

Thank HarTeeuw
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

For a small donation you can walk up a spiral staircase to top for a nice view of the city. Look on the floor of the chapel. Need to see.

Thank Tbethea
Reviewed 8 July 2017

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 6 July 2017 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 28 June 2017

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 24 June 2017

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
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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