The Benedectine Monastery

Only a10-minute walk away from the Cathedral is the Monastery of San Nicolò l’Arena, a jewel of the late Sicilian Baroque and among the largest Benedectine monasteries in Europe. The monastic building, founded in 500 AC has gone through the centuries as a great example of architectural integration, going through several transformations, and is today a World Heritage Site. It is the seat of DiSUM (Department of Humanities) of the University of Catania and holds within it a domus romana, the cloisters and a beautiful roof garden.