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Monastero dei Benedettini

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Neighbourhood: Centro Catania
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Address: Piazza Dante 32, 95124 Catania, Sicily, Italy
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+39 095 710 2767
09:00 - 17:00
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Il Monastero di San Nicolo l'Arena di Catania (#monasterocatania), gioiello...

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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one of the best tours I've ever taken

The guided tour comprises not only a description of the very complex building itself but also an insight into the history of Catania (volcanic eruption, earthquake, etc) and the... read more

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Michael V
Melbourne, Australia
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Melbourne, Australia
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Reviewed yesterday NEW

The guided tour comprises not only a description of the very complex building itself but also an insight into the history of Catania (volcanic eruption, earthquake, etc) and the history of Sicily and Italy (warring barons, unification, etc). The tour is not expensive and there are sessions in Italian and in English. There is no charge for wandering around the... More 

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Catania, Italy
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Reviewed yesterday NEW

I recommend guide only because of plenty information but if you want to go solo it is still ok. You can ask people around or students about history of this aristocratic monastery. You will surely have a pleasant time.

Thank bojanfrajlic
Catania, Italy
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Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

No thrills, no major excitement, yet a very pleasing afternoon break. Like all of Catania's historic buildings, there's a wealth of history everywhere you choose to visit. I didn't take the guided tour, just quietly wandered around, discovering that there's much more than I saw at first. I also appreciated the juxtaposition of tradition and youth; the monastery now being... More 

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Cambridge, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We visited the monastery with a guide (having the ticket with the museum) and the tour of 1 hour was interesting especially for all the information the guide gave us.

Thank Paolo186225
Leicestershire, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We spend an hour wandering around the monastery and its gardens. Very peaceful, away from the bustle of Catania - but that's about all there is to it. The architecture and decoration of the monastery is fairly nondescript. Woth up to an hour of your time but that's all.

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Galloway, New Jersey
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

If you have time visit the monastery. We didn't take the tour but still enjoyed wandering around, finding inner courtyards where students were sitting. Some parts were closed. It was a relaxing and peaceful visit.

Thank newgallowaygirl
Qormi, Malta
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Reviewed 21 March 2017

Decided not to take the guided tour, just took the free map and wandered around amongst the students. Much history to see.

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London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 12 March 2017 via mobile

I was wondering around catania and decided to go and have a look.. Great architecture and design. Lovely interiors.

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Stevenage, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 5 March 2017 via mobile

It's beautiful place to visit. Entry is free, you get a map with some description about the place. Building is old and you still can feel the vibe of old even that is full with young students. I definitely recommend this place. Its max 2 hours.

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Ipswich, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 24 February 2017

We were not planning to visit this monument in Catania but were ver pleased to change our minds. A guided visit costs some money but we did it on our own, which I personally prefer. The building now belongs to the University of Catania.

Thank Carlos_Gonzalez2013

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