Monaci delle Terre Nere
The beautiful Sicilian country estate of Monaci delle Terre Nere is located on the slopes of Mount Etna. Based around a 19th-century country manor, the property’s rooms are either in the main house or dotted throughout the surrounding gardens and vineyards. Monaci delle Terre Nere offers an intriguing blend between a rustic agriturismo (farm stay) and a chic, modern design hotel.
Inside the main house you’ll find a range of striking modern artwork and an old winepress, which has been converted into a stylish bar. The hotel takes its Slow Food designation very seriously and most of the restaurant’s meals are sourced from the property’s organic farm. Cooking classes and wine tastings can also be arranged on site.
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There’s a range of rooms on offer at the Monaci delle Terre Nere. A selection is located within the main house and adjoining outbuildings, while other rooms are scattered across the grounds of the estate and among the vineyards. While most rooms have been converted from traditional rustic farm buildings, the interiors are refreshingly stylish and beautifully designed to offer a high level of comfort. Additionally, a number of the rooms located within the grounds offer sweeping views across the countryside to the sea.
Nestled at the foot of Mount Etna, Monaci delle Terre Nere offers beautiful views of the surrounding countryside and vineyards. Catania Airport is less than an hour away by car, while Taormina is about a 40-minute drive away. It’s an ideal destination for exploring the slopes of Etna or simply taking some time to relax on either side of an international flight.
Food and drink
As part of the Slow Food movement, the cuisine at the Monaci delle Terre Nere is delicious. The majority of the ingredients are grown organically on the property or sourced from local suppliers. Guests are treated to freshly baked bread and a range of local delicacies each morning on the terrace, which offers views across the valley to the sea. During the day, a light buffet is served by the pool and in the evening, the Locanda Nerello restaurant is well known for its excellent traditional cuisine.
Facilities and activities
Guests can enjoy a Slow Food cooking class with the property’s chef or a wine-tasting experience within the historic converted winepress. The pleasant swimming pool has views down to the sea. Private romantic dinners can also be arranged within the grounds of the estate. Walking trails through the surrounding woods and vineyards are also available.
A uniquely modern yet rustic country escape, we find the Monaci delle Terre Nere to be a perfect retreat from the bustle of daily life.