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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
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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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excellent location and nicely restored

for a conference it is the absolutely niciest place to stay. Only the surrounding is a bit chaotic. I liked the architecture and the way how it is used now.

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 17 September 2013
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Neumarkt
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 September 2013

for a conference it is the absolutely niciest place to stay. Only the surrounding is a bit chaotic. I liked the architecture and the way how it is used now.

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Valletta, Malta
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 August 2013

I was impressed with the organisation of the tour and the kind assistance at the entrance. Also enjoyed the extra visit to the contemporary arts museum.

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Antibes, France
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 August 2013

This monastero, destroyed and rebuilt after the 17th century earthquake, is a treasure to discover in Catania! It is now the University of Catania, so you can visit part of the monastero by yourself as public site. Of course, it is absolutely worthy to buy a guided visit, that allow you to access the most interesting parts of the building... More 

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Geneva, Switzerland
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 August 2013

The Monastero is now the University of Catania, so everything is closed in august since theuniversity is on vacation. We could not enter any of the nice rooms that are anounced on the map given in the reception. At least its free...

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London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 August 2013

We didn't go in, and regret it. We went passed it on the mini train and it isn't finished on the outside. When we researched it, we wish we had gone in

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 August 2013

An interesting place to visit; used to be a monastery, then left to decay but now almost largely rehabilitated. Contains pieces of history from different eras.

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Leeds, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 July 2013

This is a strange and interesting place, now used as a university. Fascinating to learn about the uses for the building over different periods and interesting to see the damage done by Etna and the different layers of history all in one place.

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IJsselstein, The Netherlands
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 July 2013

Huge building with ornaments around all windows and doors, we couldn't go outside on the first floor of the monastery to look at the inner squares, so we observed through the glass. I especially liked the little garden on top of the old lava flow, where there are big cacti.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 July 2013

Take the english language tour (if you don't speak italian) to see some of the lovely and interesting sites in this way underrated monastery. The second largest in Europe, one can get great views of the harbor, see how the monks saved the building from lava and what needed to be restored after the colossal earthquake at the end of... More 

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Salisbury, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 July 2013

This was not the usual tour of a historical site. Because it is a working University there was a great atmosphere from the buzz of the students around. Seeing how the old building was now being valued and used was engaging and made it more than a tourist visit. The lava flow underneath was amazing.

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