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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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Sun - Sat 09:00 - 17:00

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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Its history is one of the most interesteing I have heard. The colours of the paintings in the cathethdral are special:)

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

Its history is one of the most interesteing I have heard. The colours of the paintings in the cathethdral are special:)

Thank Ildikó K
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

Looking at it from outside, it does not seem that big or that beautiful. However, once you start the tour you realize this is some sort of a city within a city. Guided tours take place every hour (only in Italian), but we had the fortune to be part of a non Italian group, so the guide had to speak... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

This is an imposing attraction in the area of the Roman theatre.I though about the inhabitants living a contemplative life. This is not a splashy or exciting exhibit, but good. I would imagine it would be more beautiful in Spring and summer but we enjoyed our Feb visit. Attendants were very helpful and spoke good English.Worth a tumble.

Thank stan w
Catania, Italy
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

A venue with a lot of spaces in a charming area. Wonderful Sicilian baroque style. In Catania, a town that everybody must see.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

If you visit the Monastero, I recommend to take a guided tour on a quite moment (sunday for example). The 1,5h guide is very informative and gives you an extended history of the monastory. The tour is in Italian but written english information is available. Especially with student discount it's really good value for money.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Great place to spend a couple of hours and it's free. We had written information to go around the monastery with, which was very interesting. It was good to see that the monastery is used by students today to study just as the monks did century's ago 👨🏻‍💻👨🏽‍🎓👩‍🎓

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 January 2017 via mobile

I have been there on a festive day and it was thr only tour available during that day. The guide was realy nice, gave a lot of info not only about the monastery but about the entire town, also regarding what other places could be visited.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 January 2017

We chanced upon this place while searching online and was intrigued. Went early in the morning at 9am to sign up for the guided tour and we were very lucky to be the only 2 in line and thus, the guide Carmello (not sure if i spelt it properly) was able to conduct the tour for us in English. I... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 January 2017

Very interestig site, with a rich history. Nowadays it houses both a university as well as a museum. There is a guided tour conducted by very knowledgeable guides, but in Italian only (there is a handout in English summarizing the guide's comments).

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Makati, Philippines
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 December 2016 via mobile

Can't really provide any help to those who love a guided tour, but for those that like to 'self educate' this place is great. It's a functioning college and we just walked around and through the many rooms. Wikipedia will tell you a lot of what you need to know and you can appreciate the architecture in about 60 minutes.... More 

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