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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 5 October 2013

y husband and I visited here in September 2013. We went before the students started university so it was deserted apart from our small group being given a tour by our excellent guide. The whole experience was amazing, from the integration of a very old...More

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Reviewed 3 October 2013

The building is an example of Sicilian late baroque style, but other architectural styles were integrated. It is a part of UNESCO World Heritage List since 2002. The history of the building begins in 1558. I like the Church of San Nicolo L'Arena and the...More

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Reviewed 2 October 2013

We went to the Monastery - which forms part of a university. There is a basic written guide in English but no English speaking guides which was a shame. We walked round the building which was rather beautiful - but it was milling with students...More

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Reviewed 17 September 2013

Took the tour In Italian but had the notes in English so it didn't matter, really an awesome place, very interesting. visited on a Sun. morning so the place was empty. (from students).

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Reviewed 17 September 2013

for a conference it is the absolutely niciest place to stay. Only the surrounding is a bit chaotic. I liked the architecture and the way how it is used now.

Thank Christine F
Reviewed 29 August 2013

I was impressed with the organisation of the tour and the kind assistance at the entrance. Also enjoyed the extra visit to the contemporary arts museum.

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Reviewed 25 August 2013

This monastero, destroyed and rebuilt after the 17th century earthquake, is a treasure to discover in Catania! It is now the University of Catania, so you can visit part of the monastero by yourself as public site. Of course, it is absolutely worthy to buy...More

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Reviewed 23 August 2013

The Monastero is now the University of Catania, so everything is closed in august since theuniversity is on vacation. We could not enter any of the nice rooms that are anounced on the map given in the reception. At least its free...

1  Thank Teteferreira
Reviewed 13 August 2013

We didn't go in, and regret it. We went passed it on the mini train and it isn't finished on the outside. When we researched it, we wish we had gone in

Thank Paul84Lurcher
Reviewed 1 August 2013

An interesting place to visit; used to be a monastery, then left to decay but now almost largely rehabilitated. Contains pieces of history from different eras.

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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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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