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Monastero dei Benedettini

Piazza Dante 32, 95124 Catania, Sicily, Italy
+39 095 710 2767
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Incredible site for a university

The Monastero is presently housing the University of Catania. The underground library is well worth... read more

Reviewed 3 January 2015
emistruth
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Devon, Pennsylvania
Amazing restored UNESCO site

I thoroughly enjoyed my tour with Simona (I was the only one there so I had a personal tour). The... read more

Reviewed 11 November 2014
carmel_crawford30
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Talloires, France
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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 3 January 2015

The Monastero is presently housing the University of Catania. The underground library is well worth a visit. Guides are abundant and informative. The gardens while not up to Tivoli standards are nonetheless interesting. The floors and stonework alone make the Monastero well worth an hour's...More

Thank emistruth
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Reviewed 11 November 2014

I thoroughly enjoyed my tour with Simona (I was the only one there so I had a personal tour). The building has an interesting history and gives an in-depth insight into the life lived by the Benedictine monks at the times they lived there. You...More

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Reviewed 11 November 2014

Me and my brother we were travelling in Sicily this October. We stopped also in Catania for five days. We absolutely had to visit The Monastery San Nicolo. Incredible! We had great guided tour with Miss Maria Rachelle. We appreciate very much that it is...More

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Reviewed 5 November 2014

It is possible to join a tour guide for this sight and I would highly recommend that. This is a place where one should really get to know it's history and be guided to view all the ancient ruins beneath the monastery. A lot of...More

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Reviewed 5 October 2014

Great architecture and beautiful inner gardens in this former monastery, now part of the University of Catania. Don't miss the unfinished church right next to the Monastero, where you can see the biggest meridian clock in the world! Impressive.

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Reviewed 2 October 2014

Take the guided tour-if you don't speak Italian, call ahead to arrange a tour in English. The architecture, the history of the monastery (cultural, religious and geologic) are fascinating.

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Reviewed 25 September 2014

This was a most interesting tour of the monastery, giving access to places that would not be open to public access and which would not easily be found even if they were. the guide was knowledgeable and, together with the printed guide in English, was...More

1  Thank Alistair M
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Reviewed 23 September 2014 via mobile

We had a great time when we visited and went on the tour we were the only English speakers but the guide was brilliant she would also explain in English. But it wasn't until we got back to the U.K that my partner kept wishing...More

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Reviewed 5 September 2014

There were only the 2 of us so the guide spoke in fluent English. The size of this place and age of some of the areas is astounding and so interesting.

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Officine C, Responsabile relazioni pubbliche at Monastero dei Benedettini, responded to this reviewResponded 21 September 2014

Dear emily1982, thanks for the review. We're glad to know that your visit of the Monastery was a pleasent experience.

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Reviewed 11 August 2014

Entry was 6 Euro and included a guided tour. There were only two of us, so it ended being a private tour. Most impressed with the guide's English as she normally only does the tour in Italian. Quite amazing the size of the monastery and...More

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Officine C, Responsabile relazioni pubbliche at Monastero dei Benedettini, responded to this reviewResponded 28 August 2014

Dear lizjak10 thanks for the review. We're very happy that your visit of the Monastery was a pleasant experience.

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Denisious
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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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