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Free to enter, weird to wander around

At least as big as the catholic cathedral on Piazza Duomo, the Chiesa di San Nicolo All’Arena is... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Utrecht, The Netherlands
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Fascinating church and former monastery

We rather stumbled across this church and initially were going to walk on however my curiosity led... read more

Reviewed 10 July 2018
Anthony W
Cardiff, United Kingdom
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Piazza Dante, 95124 Catania, Sicily, Italy
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

At least as big as the catholic cathedral on Piazza Duomo, the Chiesa di San Nicolo All’Arena is huge. There’s no charge to enter and wander around. Yet the entire church is empty, which gives it a rather unhomely feel to it. The walls and...More

Thank Menno007
Reviewed 10 July 2018

We rather stumbled across this church and initially were going to walk on however my curiosity led me to cross the road to have a closer look. The external facade does not really give a visual clue it is a church. It is truly monumental...More

Thank Anthony W
Reviewed 11 April 2018 via mobile

Very simple church not much to look at here nothing grand to it at all however it’s worth the 3 euros to climb the stairs and get great views over Catania one of the only places I think you can do.

Thank Barbs25
Reviewed 25 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 20 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 6 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.

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