The Monaci Delle Terre Nere boutique hotel is five hundred meters up Etna’s slopes, in Zafferana Etnea, a small town that – in Sicilian writer, Vitaliano Brancati’s words – “faces the sea from which you can see the morning sun slip out, swollen and pink” (from “Paolo il caldo”).
The fifteen-room hotel gives new life to a 19th-century aristocratic building, completely renovated according to the modern principles of bio architecture and environmental sustainability: the whole structure is powered by renewable sources. With no useless TV sets or telephones, the place is a perfect escape from the instant and constant communication that has given technology control over our lives.
In this refuge, days revert to human rhythms. Olive groves, citrus fruit orchards, and vineyards are scattered across the fifteen hectares of land that surround the hotel, defining a space that can bring our mind and body back to the beautiful slowness of nature. Traditional cuisine, based on ingredients from organic farming, adds to the wholesome quality of the experience.
All of this is immersed in splendid surroundings: from Syracuse to Noto, from Catania to Villa Armerina to Taormina, the most beautiful cities in Sicily seem to crown the estate.