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Monastero dei Benedettini

Piazza Dante 32, 95124 Catania, Sicily, Italy
+39 095 710 2767
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An absolutely stunning building on the UNESCO world heritage list. There were lots of tourists in... read more

Reviewed 7 April 2014
Amanda S
Guildford, United Kingdom
Felt like we may have missed the point...

We went to this attraction on our day in Catania, as it was ranked very highly on here. However... read more

Reviewed 29 March 2014
Matt S
Bristol, United Kingdom
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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 7 April 2014

An absolutely stunning building on the UNESCO world heritage list. There were lots of tourists in Catania but we were the only visitors at the time we were there. If you are in Catania this is a must see!

3  Thank Amanda S
Reviewed 29 March 2014

We went to this attraction on our day in Catania, as it was ranked very highly on here. However when we actually had a look around, we really became genuinely confused... So this place was a benedictine monastary, and I agree that the architecture is...More

8  Thank Matt S
Reviewed 15 March 2014

This was the most highly recommended site to us in Catania but, when we got there, we felt like we were in the middle of frosh week at a university. Apparently the monastery is used as a university now so there were young adults everywhere,...More

5  Thank AlJess902
Reviewed 8 March 2014

Although the tour was in Italian, the printed English text and the occasional comment from the guide helped us to appreciate this gem of a place. Well worth a visit

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Officine C, Responsabile relazioni pubbliche at Monastero dei Benedettini, responded to this reviewResponded 8 March 2014

Dear Simon, thank you for the kind review, we are very happy that you appreciated the monastery even with the guided tour in Italian. Thank you again.

Reviewed 3 March 2014

This was a little gem just up the road from where we were staying - free to enter, map provided and we had a good wonder around - beautiful building - shame it's been given over to the University but at least that will keep...More

1  Thank paxcot
Reviewed 10 January 2014 via mobile

I must say I have been pleased about visiting this site I did not know about previously. The site itself is not of the most luxurious you can find in Italy but the way it has been restored and it is actually used is significant....More

3  Thank Naturalchoice
Reviewed 6 January 2014

What a great place! The former monastery is now part of Catania University of Human Sciences. the guided tour takes you through the various parts of the once wealthy monastery. Private rooms, chapels, kitchens, refectory, underground supply system, Roman ruins etc. Well prepared and specialized...More

1  Thank Matteo R
Reviewed 26 December 2013

This is a really beautiful monetary that they are currently using as a university. There is a lot to look at but the the place (like most of Catania) needs some work. The students have tagged all of the walls and it looks like it...More

Thank Mary M
Reviewed 9 November 2013

We enjoyed the guided tour which lasted almost an hour as there was a lot to see. It was such a surprise to see how the university faculty had been successfully incorporated into this exceptional building.

Thank CasaDi
Reviewed 6 November 2013

We had a guided tour organised by the University of Catania who now occupy this building. Such an interesting place and well worth a visit.

2  Thank Sicily2406
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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