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Monastero dei Benedettini

Piazza Dante 32, 95124 Catania, Sicily, Italy
+39 095 710 2767
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Admission to Benedectine Monastery of Saint Nicola
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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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"beautiful monastery"
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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

We could have spent all day wandering around the expansive buildings and grounds of the monastery, but instead spent almost two lovely hours. Terrific venue for photography and architecture lovers! There is an amazing library and wide interior marble steps that lead you to floors...More

Thank Catc1966
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Reviewed 1 week ago

We visited the Monastero Dei Benedittinii on a very hot day in June. The cloisters, as seen from the inside are lovely. We did not take a tour and were therefore unable to enter the cloisters, much to our disappointment. Walking the long hallways, seeing...More

Thank jsand
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Reviewed 1 week ago

what a beautiful building very peaceful ,amazing restorations giving you the story of its history ,with this was an unexpected visit and a delite

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Reviewed 1 week ago

Absolutely worth the tour, especially if you have a good guide like the one we had ( I forgot her name). Long corridors, some stairs, remains of roman houses, garden, monastery, baroque architecture, beautiful ceilings, you get it all. I highly recommend this visit.

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We spent several hours exploring this sprawling monastery and its adjacent church. Well worth the time for viewing the interior courtyard, the mural work, the large, modern church - a quiet oasis in this busy city.

Thank myraevans1942
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Excellent value for €5.00. The portraits and ceiling were exceptional. However the English version of the Audio guide was was poor, in that the pronunciations were not of an acceptable standard.

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Very organised visits with the good guides. Is in excellent condition the art works on the ceilings quite stunning. I enjoyed the visit and took my time to understand what was being depicted.

Thank 859iainh
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Reviewed 10 June 2018 via mobile

I am from Catania, I visited the Monastero dei Benedettini time ago alone and without a guided tour. Now I was there again with a guided tour and experience was definitely different: my advise is to invest the only 7€ and book a guided tour....More

Thank Ignazio B
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Reviewed 8 June 2018 via mobile

When we got there the guys were very friendly charging only €3 each, the kids get in free.. we walked up to the top with amazing views as pictured from the Monastery roof you can see for miles we didn’t want to leave.. the only...More

Thank Mark M
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Reviewed 31 May 2018

carmelo gave a great english language tour of this huge beautiful monestery that is now part of the university

Thank misstippy000
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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
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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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