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Monaci Delle Terre Nere, Mount Etna

Nestled in the Sicilian countryside with gorgeous views across the Mediterranean, Monaci Delle Terre Nere is a stylish, country house estate on the slopes of Mount Etna, Europe’s largest active volcano.

Centred on a 19th-century manor house, Monaci Delle Terre Nere proudly ranks amongst the three Eco-Bio certified hotels in Sicily. From the chemical-free cleaning products – all made on site – to the organic shower gel and charging points for electric cars, the property pays the utmost respect to its surrounding environment. Seasonal, farm-to-table cuisine is at the heart of the hotel’s restaurant, Locanda Nerello. Meals are carefully prepared using produce collected from the on-site organic farm as well as local suppliers, and can be enjoyed on the terrace or in the cosy dining room.

The experience at Monaci Delle Terre Nera is all about tuning in to nature and enjoying the peaceful surroundings. You can explore the vast estate on foot, go horseback riding or simply lounge in the sun by the lava stone infinity pool. Alternatively, you can take a cooking class alongside the hotel’s chef, or indulge in a wine-tasting session in the property’s historic winepress. 

Monaci Delle Terre Nera, at a glance

  • Chic, country boutique hotel set on a 46-hectare estate at the base of Mount Etna
  • 13 guestrooms in the main house and more scattered around the estate and vineyards
  • Rustic, artistic interiors adorned with sculptures, wood-burning stoves, contemporary artwork and antiques
  • Restaurant serving seasonal cuisine prepared using produce from the on-site farm
  • Bar converted from an old wine press
  • Principles of sustainable, organic living with no single-use amenities in the restaurant or guestrooms
  • One of three Eco-Bio certified hotels in Sicily with excellent eco-credentials

For leisure and pleasure

  • Cooking classes
  • Wine and oil tastings
  • Visit nearby villages
  • Lava stone infinity pool with views over the Mediterranean
  • Take a tour of the estate on foot or on horseback
  • Private dinners
  • Guided excursions in the Etna National Park 

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  • We have travelled with TUTC six times, the most recent was to New Zealand last year. The trip was very well organised as usual, with excellent accommodation and a wide variety of experiences. We had booked to go to Australia with them this year but due to Covid this was cancelled, Ultimate handled the situation very professionally and promptly refunded the whole of our deposit without any quibble.

    DN, August 2020