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. A visit to Monastero dei Benedettini di San Nicolò L'Arena represents just the start of the adventure when you use our Catania trip itinerary maker to plot your vacation.
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  • Unfortunately , we did not have the time to wait for the guided tour of the monastary (currenly hosting the university of Catania) . So we only took a quick look inside the building , and got the impr...  more »
  • Quite secret and not well sponsored today the monastery hosts the University and is available for touristic visits which are highly reccomended for the explanations. Book your visit online or do call ...  more »
  • Took a tour of the Monastery - beautiful building with amazing history and wonderful architecture. Well worth a visit.  more »
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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 .