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Monastero dei Benedettini

Piazza Dante 32, 95124 Catania, Sicily, Italy
+39 095 710 2767
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Great Tour

We initially were not convinced to go the Monastero but on arrival decided to go given the other... read more

Reviewed 6 days ago
mikeycr
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A must see!

I was reluctant in visiting a Monastery, but being in a group of people I was convinced to go. We... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
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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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+39 095 710 2767
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Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

We initially were not convinced to go the Monastero but on arrival decided to go given the other reviews on TripAdvisor. We are glad that we did. The tour guide Nicola was one of the best tour guides we have encountered in Italy. His passion...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago

I was reluctant in visiting a Monastery, but being in a group of people I was convinced to go. We decided to go for a guided tour and it was the most amazing experience ever. The monastery is very impressive and monumental. Lots of great...More

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Sadly closed when we got there but the building is very pretty. Amazing details in the stonework around the windows, nice quiet place

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

The guides' explanation is very engaging and interesting. Wonderful place to visit. It is a gem in Catania

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

For lovers of architecture and history, this is the place for you. The change in use over the years and the restoration by the university have all left an indelible mark on the building.

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Most of the interior was closed except for guided tours and the church was okay. We felt like we were in the way of the university students and didnt want to disturb them. Cute little courtyards in spring with pink blossoms. Not much to see....More

Thank Eve B
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We went on the guided tour in English. Tours run every hour. The guide explained the history of the monastery and how the Etna eruption and earthquake affected it. The guide was very informative and the tour was extensive. An excellent tour, I recommend it!

Thank Rachel H
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Reviewed 15 January 2018 via mobile

We stumbled across this on the way to the Castle. It is a huge beautiful building which is run down with doors missing. Inside it’s the size of a football pitch ! Very atmospheric and not commercial at all only small fee to go in...More

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Reviewed 5 January 2018

We would not have thought about taking this tour but for recommendation from folks at Atripical. So glad we did it! A leisurely paced walk through an interesting building and grounds with loads of history.

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Reviewed 3 January 2018 via mobile

Just go and see to understand. It is also an example of great restoration. Don't miss this place in Catania. The neighborhood around has been requalified too thanks to the fact that the college has moved in. So it is nice just to wander around.

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Eileen W
22 March 2018|
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Response from Officine C | Property representative | Reviewed this property |
Dear Eileen W, if you want further information to book the english guided tour, you may contact us by calling the following numbers: +39 0957102767/+39 3349242464 You can reach the monastery from the cruise port easily on... More
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Denisious
28 March 2017|
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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
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