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San Benedetto Church (Chiesa San Benedetto)
San Benedetto Church (Chiesa San Benedetto)

San Benedetto Church (Chiesa San Benedetto)

Via Teatro Greco, 2, Catania, Sicily, 95124

The Basics

Part of the Benedictine Monastery complex, the Chiesa di San Benedetto is one of the baroque jewels lining Via Crociferi, and a highlight of Catania’s historic center. Admire the church’s facade and interiors on a walking tour that stops at the Sicilian baroque churches along Catania’s picturesque thoroughfare. The city is also beloved for its street food, and tours often pair sightseeing with samples of traditional delicacies from nearby market vendors.

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Things to Know Before You Go

  • Wear modest attire covering your shoulders and knees to enter the Chiesa di San Benedetto and other historic churches on Via Crociferi.

  • The church has steps at the entrance and isn’t accessible to wheelchairs.

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How to Get There

The Chiesa di San Benedetto is located along Via Crociferi in Catania’s historic center, an easy walk from the Catania Centrale train station and most major sights.

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When to Get There

Visit the Chiesa di San Benedetto and other headliners along Via Crociferi in the early morning or late afternoon, as many of the baroque churches close briefly at midday. The church becomes the focus of Catania’s religious celebrations during the feast day of Sant’Agata, when resident Benedictine nuns sing from the central gate.

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Via Crociferi’s Baroque Treasures

Via Crociferi is the heart of baroque Catania and home to some of the city’s architectural masterpieces. Besides the 18th-century Chiesa di San Benedetto and its adjacent Arco di San Benedetto marking the beginning of the street, check out the Church of St. Francesco Borgia, the Jesuit College, the Church of San Giuliano, and the Convento dei Crociferi and adjoining Church of St. Camillus.

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