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Monastero dei Benedettini

Piazza Dante 32, 95124 Catania, Sicily, Italy
+39 095 710 2767
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A great place to visit

It is worth a visit if you are visiting Catania and especially when helped by the friendly people... read more

Reviewed 26 October 2012
emilio028
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catania
One of Largest European Monastery

Only in Saragozza Spain they build a bigger one. However what once was a unit is now split in... read more

Reviewed 22 September 2012
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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
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Reviewed 26 October 2012

It is worth a visit if you are visiting Catania and especially when helped by the friendly people of officine culturali

1  Thank emilio028
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Reviewed 22 September 2012

Only in Saragozza Spain they build a bigger one. However what once was a unit is now split in several different parts. The most interesting is now one of the Main College of the Catania University. Inside there is a number of small yards, one...More

1  Thank ManDatTing
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Reviewed 20 September 2012

The building is indeed impressive, and I wish now that we had availed ourselves of the tour, because we got a bit lost in the labyrinthine corridors. But it was interesting just wandering around and seeing the place alive with students. Also very impressive were...More

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Reviewed 3 September 2012

Didn't know there was a free tour but I got a free map from the reception and walked around. I love this nice building with the Univ. adaption. It's beautiful just to have a book and read at one of the student tables in front...More

1  Thank LilyTad
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Reviewed 4 August 2012

The monastery was destroyed in the course of Italian unification. it is very grand. The buildings now constitute part of the Faculty of Humanities of the University of Catania and have been beautifully adapted. The complex is huge. On the intelligent guided tour, one sees...More

3  Thank Howard86
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Reviewed 15 July 2012

Take a free guided tour around this beautiful historic building, now part of Catania University and visit the uncompleted church next door which has a beautiful atmosphere inside.

2  Thank LondonDolcevita
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Reviewed 10 July 2012

After a magnificent restoration and refitting, the Monastery is now home to the humanities faculty of the University of Catania. Be sure to take the 60-90 tour (available in Italian and in English), which explores the entire beautiful building. The new parts are exemplars of...More

6  Thank Panajody
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Reviewed 20 June 2012

Wonderful building with an interseting story. Cristina, our guide, was full of information.

2  Thank GabriellaLii
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Reviewed 10 June 2012

an amazing histroic library where many films have been filmed, in impeccable condition and well done guided tour

3  Thank nicolas s
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Reviewed 8 June 2012

I didn't expect a building on this scale as a monastery. Again the combinations of architectural styles is fascinating.

4  Thank NorCalBiker
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Denisious
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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
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