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Monastero dei Benedettini

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Monastero dei Benedettini

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Ana L wrote a review Oct 2020
Navan, Ireland2 683 contributions1 062 helpful votes
This is a very interesting and complete visit for around 90min, and, for me, one of the best places I have visited in Catania. The monastery is quite beautiful with its several cloisters and gardens (some on maintenance). Also, the underground part was very beautifully renovated. They have visits every hour, until 6 pm, in Italian and English.
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Date of experience: September 2020
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Lulu041178 wrote a review Sep 2020
Bordon, United Kingdom37 contributions31 helpful votes
Although the building has the potential to be very impressive, it is very poorly maintained. The staff is unfriendly, and unhelpful, and borderline rude. We were first told entry would cost 2 Euros per person, it inexplicably increased to 8 Euros per person.... we were also not informed initially that the tour we enquired after, would only be in Italian. They kept that for a surprise when we went back to reserve the tickets. We were given a very inadequate English translation, that was clearly not nearly so expansive as the very self important guide related to her Italian guests, while we were completely ignored. What a shame to treat paying tourists with such disdain.
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Date of experience: September 2020
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DinglishGirl wrote a review Sep 2020
Oxford, United Kingdom9 contributions16 helpful votes
We booked into the 4pm tour which was in Italian, however we were given English translations to go around with and could ask questions in English as the guide was a great linguist. We did, however feel like we were slightly missing out on anecdotes and extra details as the animated guide was giving out a lot of information, much more than was in the translation.
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Date of experience: September 2020
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LennieNZ wrote a review Mar 2020
New Zealand41 contributions54 helpful votes
The tour was great. There is a ticket office just inside the gates/portico. You can only tour when the university is closed. - They have what may be the first ever coffee house in the world (built by rich brat Benedictine monks). - Lava came through here when Etna erupted. You can see how the now cold lava flowed around the building. - It is full of culturally relevant art - excavations back to Roman, Greek, and pre-history.
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Date of experience: February 2020
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elaine123452017 wrote a review Mar 2020
Hobart, Australia21 contributions21 helpful votes
Worth a visit but probably better to do a tour to get the information about it as it lacked a lot of signs
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Date of experience: October 2019
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