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“Great source for history of Catania”

Monastero dei Benedettini
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Ranked #3 of 216 things to do in Catania
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Owner description: 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'.
Reviewed 6 April 2018

For lovers of architecture and history, this is the place for you. The change in use over the years and the restoration by the university have all left an indelible mark on the building.

Thank Jeffrey H
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Reviewed 5 April 2018 via mobile

Most of the interior was closed except for guided tours and the church was okay. We felt like we were in the way of the university students and didnt want to disturb them. Cute little courtyards in spring with pink blossoms. Not much to see. Go to a museum nearby instead.

Thank Eve B
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Reviewed 2 April 2018

We went on the guided tour in English. Tours run every hour. The guide explained the history of the monastery and how the Etna eruption and earthquake affected it. The guide was very informative and the tour was extensive. An excellent tour, I recommend it!

Thank Rachel H
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Reviewed 15 January 2018 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 the tower. Integrated into the university so doesn’t feel neglected . We only looked in the basilica part but would go back again to explore more.

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Reviewed 5 January 2018

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
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