We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

Monastero dei Benedettini

Certificate of Excellence
Neighbourhood: Centro Catania
As featured in Visit Sicily
Map updates are paused. Zoom in to see updated info.
Reset zoom
Updating Map...
Get directions
Address: Piazza Dante 32, 95124 Catania, Sicily, Italy
Phone Number:
+39 095 710 2767
09:00 - 17:00
Closed now
See all hours
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'.

read more

TripAdvisor Reviewer Highlights

Read all 1,441 reviews
Visitor rating
  • 105
  • 73
    Very good
  • 17
  • 5
  • 0
Sicilian baroque

The building is an example of Sicilian late baroque style, but other architectural styles were integrated. It is a part of UNESCO World Heritage List since 2002. The history of... read more

Reviewed 3 October 2013
Bytom, Poland
Add Photo Write a Review

1,441 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

Traveller rating
Traveller type
Time of year
  • More
Showing 200: English reviews
Bytom, Poland
Level Contributor
9 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 October 2013

The building is an example of Sicilian late baroque style, but other architectural styles were integrated. It is a part of UNESCO World Heritage List since 2002. The history of the building begins in 1558. I like the Church of San Nicolo L'Arena and the Chiostro di Ponente most. Surely, it should be visited by all the tourists who go... More 

Thank KazejakI
Level Contributor
54 reviews
12 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 50 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 October 2013

We went to the Monastery - which forms part of a university. There is a basic written guide in English but no English speaking guides which was a shame. We walked round the building which was rather beautiful - but it was milling with students - and we felt that we probably missed a lot because we didn't understand what... More 

Thank BAStravellers
Maaleh Adumim
Level Contributor
15 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 17 September 2013

Took the tour In Italian but had the notes in English so it didn't matter, really an awesome place, very interesting. visited on a Sun. morning so the place was empty. (from students).

1 Thank Paula J
Level Contributor
318 reviews
82 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 134 helpful votes
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.

Thank Christine F
Valletta, Malta
Level Contributor
15 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
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.

Thank PaulMalta2010
Antibes, France
Level Contributor
14 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
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 

2 Thank jump83
Geneva, Switzerland
Level Contributor
61 reviews
39 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 45 helpful votes
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...

1 Thank Teteferreira
London, United Kingdom
Level Contributor
58 reviews
35 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
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

Thank Paul84Lurcher
Level Contributor
15 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
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.

Thank JeanPaulFi
Leeds, United Kingdom
Level Contributor
11 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
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.

Thank Muvashez13

Travellers who viewed Monastero dei Benedettini also viewed

Catania, Province of Catania
Catania, Province of Catania
Catania, Province of Catania
Catania, Province of Catania

Been to Monastero dei Benedettini? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Is This Your TripAdvisor Listing?

Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.

Claim Your Listing

Questions & Answers

Here's what previous visitors have asked, with answers from representatives of Monastero dei Benedettini and other visitors
4 questions
Ask a question
Athens, Greece

See all questions (4)

Questions? Get answers from Monastero dei Benedettini staff and past visitors.
Posting guidelines
Typical questions asked:
  • Do I have to buy a ticket for my infant?
  • How do I get there using public transportation?
  • Is there a restaurant or café onsite?