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Monastero dei Benedettini, Catania
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Nestled in the heart of Catania's old district and originally constructed during the 16th century, Monastero dei Benedettini is now part of the University of Catania. Admire the decorative fountains and colonnades around the complex, as well as the large, painted frescoes in the main hall. Visit the library to browse nearly 270,000 volumes of books, scrolls, manuscripts, and other rare and significant pieces. A rooftop garden overlooks the town. The bookstore can satisfy your Sicilian curiosity. A visit to Monastero dei Benedettini represents just the start of the adventure when you use our Catania trip itinerary maker to plot your vacation.
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  • the points of interest of this monastery are dozens. different periods and constructive purposes you are I stratified, and make for a charming this monastery, now a University building. Although I know well, I'm afraid that's not everything can be visited independently, for example I found Padlocked shut the door of the library. point out the stones of the decumanus, unearthed a large steel-and-concrete beams under a modern wing: amazing.
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  • The monastery is currently in use as University! You can walk there for free or you can also do a paid tour. Still in old State and definitely worth it. Be sure to visit the church next to it! Large to very large church and impressive by its size!
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  • During a visit to the Benedictine Monastery of Catania, we could access with our 8 year old daughter to libraries Gathered Ursino recovery. The visit can only be driven and driving is, given that this is the Director himself, Dr. Rita Camilleri, who led us along the halls of the library, immersing ourselves with humor and wisdom in the life of the monks and letting us breathe the charm and the inestimable value of ancient books kept there. The visit also liked the kid, that was very attracted by children's books "past", from their colorful covers and drawings. We encourage all families to have this experience with their children. Also the beautiful sala V, recently restored. Congratulations and thanks to Dr. Cameron for his passion and his commitment.
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  • Amazing Campus, which you can also view without the tour. The insides are well worth it too, for which you need a guide.
  • Historic monastery with a very good service of touristic guides.
  • Great atmosphere
  • Very beautiful the visit inside the monastery. Guide very prepared and always smiling. The staff at the desk info, very helpful.
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  • A monastery of size and unexpected beauty, with salt. The library, a gift of Baron ursinus, is sublime: I took pictures to bring to everyone how much I admired and that it is not easy to describe.
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