Monaci delle Terre Nere is located on the edge of Etna National Park, about 14 miles from Catania in an ideal position perched above the Mediterranean. This 40-acre estate consists of a farm and vineyard where there is no shortage of cozy corners to sit and marvel at the surrounding orchards and gardens. Dating from the 1800s, this now eco-friendly property was originally inhabited by monks from the order of Sant'Anna.
The hotel's eight guestrooms and Suites are much plusher than when monks once inhabited them. Each room is decorated in a modern-meets-ancient style: exposed beams made from Etna chestnut wood adorn the ceilings, while contemporary art embellishes the walls which happen to be composed of the area's volcanic rock. No detail is spared in decor of this chic boutique hotel. Every room has a special feature ranging from a mountain/sea view to a fireplace or private patio. Even the minibar is well thought out, offering local wines and beers.
Nature lovers can take advantage of the hotel's al fresco yoga classes, swimming pool, organic farm and holistic massage program. If the great outdoors don't beckon, the hotel also has a billiards room and Wi-Fi. In addition to its special amenities, the hotel also boasts an organic restaurant located on their panoramic terrace. There one can gaze at the sea bellow while savoring traditional Sicilian meals that come from a zero kilometer range.
Chef Rosella has a particular gift for transforming local fresh fish, vegetables, herbs and homegrown olive oil into high quality dishes. These heavenly meals are usually accompanied by some of the owners' favorite wines from Mount Etna, leaving a lasting memory of the transcendental time you spent at Monaci delle Terre Nere.
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