At the base of Mt. Etna, Monaci is an agriturismo that provides an enjoyable experience and grows much of its own produce. It is a collection of old buildings that have been converted into rooms. It is a great base for exploring the Etna area. We enjoyed walking the property (there are 40 acres) and viewing the various vegetable farms and terraces of fruit and olive trees and a beautiful pool area. Our room was in the old stable and was pleasant, but perhaps a bit too rustic and would benefit from touch up paint, floor boards and some general sprucing up. From quick views of the other outer buildings/accommodations, they appear nicer and more up-to-date and therefore may be better choices. We would also suggest improving the outdoor pathways as they can be a bit treacherous, especially at night. The staff was wonderful—friendly and helpful. We particularly liked the young man from Sri Lanka (we can’t remember his name) serving dinner and Antonio at breakfast. We very much enjoyed the meals. Breakfast was an array of gorgeous fruit from the property and the surrounding area with made-to-order cappuccinos, wonderful cheeses, yogurt, eggs, and bread. Dinners were wonderful and I am not sure why anyone would want to drive to a meal anywhere else. We ate there both nights and it is a set menu with a choice of entrees. Both evenings the food was delicious—although not elaborate, the food is very high quality, fresh and delicious and it is served in a lovely dining room. With a little bit of work (perhaps it is in process?) this could be a stellar property and we enjoyed our stay there.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- In 2007, by chance, I stumbled upon this place, fell in love with it and decided to devote my life to its resurrection.To bring this place, previously chosen by the monks of Saint Anna’s order for his special energy and extraordinary charm, back to life. It has become the second great project of my life. The estate Monaci delle Terre Nere is situated along the slopes of Mount Etna, the biggest volcano in Europe on the border of the Etna National Park at 500mt above sea level. My wish has been to preserve the historic identity and local traditions, more than a Boutique Hotel it is a home which I hope retains its intimacy. The house which dates from 1800 is listed as one of historical importance. It is now a place where traditional Sicilian Architecture is combined with contemporary art and living. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Monaci Delle Terre Nere Zafferana Etnea, Sicily, Italy