Monaci Delle Terre Nere

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Monaci Delle Terre Nere in Zafferana Etnea in Sicily is a lovely, romantic hotel with access to the beach. Deliciously designer. Monaci Delle Terre Nere is a “must visit” place.

Monaci Delle Terre Nere is the most beautifully incongruous place we have discovered. You will be immediately struck by the stupendous location, seemingly on the edge of the world, with the glorious Mount Etna at its back and a verdant beautiful landscape falling away below it, to the strip of blue sea, in the distance.

If ever the phrase “Location, location, location!” applied to anything, then it certainly applies to Monaci Delle Terre Nere. The Etna National Park extends from the summit of the volcano to the towns surrounding it, so Monaci Delle Terre Nere is on its very edge and feels part of its uncontaminated nature. The flora and fauna are rich and varied. There are swathes of forests with secular chestnuts and oaks. There are countless species of birds of prey, including peregrines and golden eagles. There are owls of every description, porcupines, foxes, wild cats and myriads of incredible butterflies. Alongside the wild beauty of Etna’s landscape are the cultivated areas of an extremely successful local agriculture. The richly fertile volcanic soil is perfect for vineyards, olive and pistachio groves, hazelnut woods and orchards, all producing some of the best quality harvests in Italy.

Monaci Delle Terre Nere’s organic farm covers about 40 acres. Organic for two decades, it has vines, olives, fruit, herbs and vegetables. Guests are free to wander around the gardens and farm, to really absorb the whole experience. Most of the produce ends up in the agriturismo’s kitchen, so the cuisine is as organic as possible. Breakfasts are a joy and Francesco, the chef, produces dishes for dinner, based on the simplicity of good seasonal ingredients and the traditions of Sicily, which are tantalisingly tasty and difficult to resist.

The exterior of Monaci Delle Terre Nere screams of rural Sicily and Etna. The baroque façade is typical Sicilian dusky-pink terracotta, highlighted by the light grey lava colours of a volcano and natural stone. A period country house, dating back to the 1800’s, it has been restored with respect. Terraces with dramatic views of the sea in the distance and huge umbrellas wafting in the Etna breeze add to its grace and elegance. At night, it takes on a different personality. Lighting in the gardens and on the house and classical music playing softly in the background give it a serenely magical quality.

InsideMonaciDelleTerreNere is where the owner has had real fun. The traditional exterior gives way to contemporary designer style and meticulous attention to detail. Antiques sit next to ultra-modern art and design. The exquisitely clever fusion of traditional Sicilian, with designer style and contemporary art, is a feast for the eyes. Needless to say, the bedrooms are all different, but equally beautiful

Customer Review

“You’re so right about this place – it’s a dream!” Ian & Delyth, Newbury


All prices are ‘from prices’ and can fluctuate during each month. All prices are subject to change/amendment. Prices are stated as per person, per week, based on the standard occupancy of the room/villa/apartment. Prices are inclusive of car hire or transfers, as well as an estimate of flight costs, all covered by our ATOL protection. Flight prices can vary significantly by date and departure airport, so please contact us for your own personalised quote.

Whilst weekly prices are shown, our holidays are tailor made and individual nights can be booked at many of our properties. Please call us or use the Enquire Now form for our latest prices & availability.

  • 15 rooms, all en-suite
  • 4 more rooms in the pipeline
  • Interconnecting rooms & suites ideal for families or two couples
  • Air-conditioning/heating
  • All rooms have Wi-Fi & hairdryer
  • Restaurant/dining room (not open to public)
  • Award winning restaurant
  • Golf car available in the property with a pick up service from and to your room
  • Dinners are usually 4 courses, a set menu with a choice of meat or fish for main course. Alternatives can always be offered if there is something not liked and for vegetarians
  • The hotel is happy to cater for vegetarians and those with special diets, but please tell us in advance
  • Lunches usually available à la carte
  • Bar and pool bar
  • Swimming pool all season, weather permitting
  • Pool towels included
  • Cookery classes; yoga and pilates classes (high season only); holistic massage; wine tasting; excursions on Mount Etna to be arranged and paid for locally
  • Late check-out possible, on request at an extra charge
  • Steep driveway to car park (not just for Rolls Royces!)

“You’re so right about this place – it’s a dream!” Ian & Delyth, Newbury

“What can we say? Unashamed luxury on the slopes of Mount Etna and so very tranquil. Monaci Delle Terre Nere is just amazing.” Ned & Jane, London

“What a place! We were stunned by the spectacular location and the incredible views of Etna, which was putting on a great display for us. Our room was very spacious and very quirky – it made me smile!” Cam, Frodsham

Extra Information

Available Board Basis

B&B and HB

Nearest Airport(s)


45 minutes


2 hrs


3 hrs

Nearest Town
Zafferana Etnea

Places of Interest
Mount Etna, Taormina, Catania, Siracusa

Distance to Coast
Approx. 25 minutes

Internet Access

Swimming Pool


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