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Chiesa di San Nicolo All'Arena

Piazza Dante, 95124 Catania, Sicily, Italy
+39 095 715 9062
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Awesome views

Well this was a surprise A the church is beautiful and the sun dial great. But pay the €3 to go on... read more

Reviewed 24 October 2017
Maidstone, United Kingdom
via mobile
One of the largest churches and atmospheric place

One of the largest churches I have ever seen. The space is gorgeous and quiet. There is meridian on... read more

Reviewed 6 October 2017
Jindrich M
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Piazza Dante, 95124 Catania, Sicily, Italy
+39 095 715 9062

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Reviewed 24 October 2017 via mobile

Well this was a surprise A the church is beautiful and the sun dial great. But pay the €3 to go on the roof .... the views are incredible and it’s very quiet never have I been subject to such excellent views alone without fighting...More

Thank Tommy_eire_1886
Reviewed 6 October 2017

One of the largest churches I have ever seen. The space is gorgeous and quiet. There is meridian on the floor. Entrance is free; it is possible to ascend the observation spot, which is charged.

Thank Jindrich M
Reviewed 7 September 2017 via mobile

Lovely monastery now a university. You can walk round the outside and inner cloisters for free. Of note you can see a wall of rock where the lava flow of Etna was diverted in 1669 well worth a look. Lovely architecture and a Roman house...More

Thank Gitait
Reviewed 19 June 2017 via mobile

We visited the church, library and monastery (now part of the University). The church is one of the largest in Sicily and painted white, so very bright and uplifting. The cloisters and garden were open to walk round. Very sympathetically restored, you could see the...More

Thank nigeldavidharris57
Reviewed 5 June 2017

Located on top of the hill , at Piazza Dante Alighieri . One of the largest churches in Sicily . Most interesting . Google it up and rea about it in Wikipedia . Don't miss .

Thank saul g
Reviewed 31 May 2017 via mobile

In Catania, which is the business city of southern Sicily, it's very active, like an Italian Philadelphia,- You must see this church- Truly magnificent. On my way to Catania in a taxi to a bus stop to get off and take an Airport bus to...More

Thank Lisa S
Reviewed 23 February 2017

This is simply a stunning church which is part of the monastery of the Benedictines and it's just stunning, really huge and very well preserved. A must-visit attraction.

Thank Carlos_Gonzalez2013
Reviewed 21 April 2016

The unfinished Chiesa on Piazza Dante is enormous - large enough to be a Duomo. It is very clinical inside with only some side chapels with large paintings. The church contains the largest sun dial across the floor and there are explanations in Italian on...More

Thank Rasputin21
Reviewed 7 February 2016

Incorporated in the Benedictine Monastery, this church boasts a calendar sun dial across the floor of the church and an antique organ which can be played by 3 organists at a time. Antique original wooden lattice-work balconies were used by old and sick monks to...More

Thank BrigitteAttard
Reviewed 20 January 2016

We visited this church as we wandered the streets of Catania. It was quite incredible. The outside is imposing and once inside its size is amazing. Huge white interior and dome. The pipe organ is its centrepiece however the small chapels inside are all interesting....More

Thank browney237
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