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Monaci delle Terre Nere is a stunning contemporary boutique hotel nestled on a fully Eco-Bio Certified estate on the verdant slopes of Mount Etna. Designed and created by owner Guido Coffa this 19th-century house has been meticulously transformed into a refuge of design and style, and the evocative stone walls and other original features have been restored wherever possible. The traditional Sicilian architecture is the ideal canvas for the contemporary art displayed throughout this pocket gem.
This discreet hideaway is set on an expansive organic farm, and the hotel’s commitment to sustainability has resulted in Monaci delle Terre Nere being awarded an Eco-Bio Certification. The hotel uses organic, locally produced food, and all detergents are homemade without additives or chemicals. Whether relaxing by the gorgeous infinity pool, or wandering amongst the herb gardens and vineyards of the estate, you’ll find Monaci delle Terre Nere to be a soulful hideaway, far away from the hustle and bustle of stressful urban living.
Your day will begin with an impressive organic breakfast spread, including homemade biscuits, freshly-baked bread, homemade jams and preserves using fruits from the hotel’s orchards, and freshly-laid eggs.
The Locanda Nerello restaurant perfectly epitomises the hotel’s philosophy of sustainability, with a commitment to the Slow Food Movement. Dishes are inspired by the traditional recipes and flavours of Sicily, and all of the ingredients are organic, sourced from either the hotel’s own grounds or from nearby producers. Meals are served on the terrace during the summer months, or in the elegant dining room. Pair your meal with a bottle from the hotel’s extensive cellar, which champions locally-produced wines from Etna, including the hotel’s own vintages.
Rooms which are located throughout the main building, a noble dwelling of the 19th-century. The scattered Suites are independent buildings within the estate, where you can enjoy the silence and the true identity of Monaci. Each is filled with light and tastefully decorated and designed with glass, wood and stone. All have a modern twist, some have original frescoes on the ceiling, others with open fireplaces and designer free-standing baths. There is a real feeling of space in all of the rooms whichever one you choose to book and plenty of personal touches and attention to detail to really make you feel welcome and looked after.
The beautiful infinity pool is nestled in the garden and is the perfect place to relax and unwind. The estate stretches over 40 acres of beautiful countryside, setting the scene for lazy days spent wandering along shaded paths and sun-kissed vineyards to find your own personal spot of peace and tranquility. For those with a more active disposition, free bicycles are available, and there are several mountain-bike trails throughout the estate.
In the evenings, enjoy an aperitivo in the garden or the Convivium Lounge Bar, where you can sip Sicilian vintages, bespoke cocktails and local spirits while being serenaded by live musical performances. On sultry summer nights, the hotel hosts a garden cinema, where you can watch classic favourites and acclaimed contemporary films on a big screen beside the pool. Stargazing sessions can also be arranged, led by professional astronomers.
The hotel offers a range of experiences for those that want to immerse themselves more fully in Sicily’s extraordinary gastronomic culture. Take the bakery course to learn the secrets of the hotel’s homemade pasta, gnocchi and bread, prepared in the traditional method with Sicilian wheat and wild herbs from the estate. Alternatively, guests can learn to cook authentic Sicilian dishes such as pasta al forno, arancine or pasta con le sarde in the restaurant’s kitchen. Wine-lovers have the unique opportunity to visit the estate’s vineyards and winemaking facility, followed by a wine-tasting session led by a professional sommelier.