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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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  • Not the easiest to get tourists to visit this monument, unique in Italy for beauty and conservation status. Carnes advertises your beauties. Visit free corridors as the seat of the University, to visit the rest of the monastery and the Chapel upon request
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  • It's a charming place I highly recommend you check them out and if you happen to attend some theatrical performance that often is organized by cultural workshops.
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  • This is an imposing attraction in the area of the Roman theatre.I though about the inhabitants living a contemplative life. This is not a splashy or exciting exhibit, but good. I would imagine it woul...  more »
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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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