Monastero dei Benedettini di San Nicolò L'Arena, Catania

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Nestled in the heart of Catania's old district and originally constructed during the 16th century, Monastero dei Benedettini di San Nicolò L'Arena 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. With our online itinerary creator, Catania attractions like Monastero dei Benedettini di San Nicolò L'Arena can be center stage of your vacation plans, and you can find out about other attractions like it, unlike it, near it, and miles away.
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  • Superb visit guided history and culture of this former monastery that now houses the (beautiful) University of Humanities of Catania (attention in Italian, only the brochures are available in other languages) very nice Guide, visit fun and lively (hourly, 1 h 30 visit around), €7 / pers without reduction visit make in August while the University is obviously closed which allows access to every nook and cranny , only on tour at the time this period
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  • Very spectacular, we were a large group and they quickly found a guided tour. Very interesting and beautiful place although the visit was slightly long, almost 2 hours. The precise, polite, engaging but also very knowledgeable about each type of question. A must place to visit in Catania, for no time wasted!
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  • Highly recommended!!!! Beautiful Cathedral and next to the monastery. The cloister is unique and very worth it. Very nice mosaics. Beautiful Fountain. You can well enjoy pictures '
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  • 5 stars for the visit to the terrace. Incredible views even in winter!
  • Incredible :) We stopped in with an hour to kill and we were absolutely blown away. Carmella our guide spoke very good english and is very knowledgeable in the history of the monastery and shown himself to be very comfortable in answering a wide range of questions (not all about the monastery) The monastery itself is simply stunning and a whilst you can wander round most of the site you really need a guide to explain the story behind each and every part and in our case so eloquently done It's 7 euro's for the tour and takes about an hour or so but trust me, if you like history and enjoy exploring historic sites then if you are in the area this is simply a must and you won't be disappointed
  • Definitely a place to visit if you are a tourist in Catania (and if you live here and have not been here before). It has been massively restored. It's a treasure of architecture and history.
  • Monumental church. The facade is one of the trademarks of the city. If you can, take a walk on the roof for some city sight seeing.
  • Stunning building and library in the centre of Catania .

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