Monaci delle Terre Nere


Taormina & The North East  |  Zafferana Etnea

19 bedrooms, sleeping 2-4

Set in tranquil surroundings this restored monastery is a unique, boutique experience

Monaci delle Terre Nere is a genuine one-off: a 19-room boutique hotel on a 40-acre estate, housed in a lovingly restored listed Sicilian monastery and set in the remarkable surroundings of the Mount Etna National Park. The owner of this property stumbled across the monastery in 2007 and set about restoring it, using local materials and hours and hours of sustained hard work. The bedrooms have all been individually designed, and feature a range of types and styles in the different suites.

Many of the rooms have beautiful views of the grounds; all are designed with an emphasis on comfort. The owner’s respect for the property and love of style and fabulous furnishings is everywhere apparent, with a mixture of the classical and the contemporary in the exposed beams, the modern art and the designer bathrooms. The Monaci is also one of only three Sicilian ratified ‘eco-bio’ hotels, with a real emphasis on home-grown produce – including a luscious range of fruit and vegetables and some fabulous examples of widely praised local ‘Etna’ wine. These can all be sampled in the hotel’s restaurant, serving delicious Sicilian food you can enjoy whilst looking out across the sublimely beautiful countryside. There’s no doubt you’ll spend an awful lot of your time just gazing at all the natural beauty. Stroll around the grounds, wander amongst the surrounding vineyards or visit the organic farm.

Book a traditional cookery class, take a swim in the pool or indulge in a spot of yoga or pilates, all this with the mighty presence of Etna in view.

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Facilities in hotel

Swimming pool, restaurant serving traditional cuisine using produce from the organic farm, lounge bar, poolside bar, children’s play area, reading room, wine school. wine & oil tasting, nature trails, farm tours, yoga & pilates in high season, open air cinema in high season, bicycle hire and tours, traditional cooking classes, massages. Wi-Fi in bedrooms and communal areas.

Facilities in room

En-suite shower or bathroom, balcony or terrace, Wi-Fi, hairdryer, minibar, air-conditioning, views over the gardens, surrounding vineyards, Mount Etna or the coast.
Please note, there is no television or telephone in the rooms as it is a hotel for you to completely relax and unwind.


  • Beach: 9.2km
  • Restaurants: On site, Zafferana Etnea 3km
  • Shops: Zafferana Etnea 3km, Catania 23km
  • Main town:  Catania 23km
  • Airport: Catania 36km, Palermo 272km

Rooms at Monaci delle Terre Nere

Superior Room

Sleeps up to 2 


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Deluxe Room

Sleeps up to 3 (2 adults)


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Sleeps up to 4 (2 adults)


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Suite Dependance

Sleeps up to 4 (2 adults)


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Suite Deluxe

Sleeps up to 4 (2 adults)


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Suite Fiore

Sleeps up to 4 (2 adults)


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About the Local Area


A small town on the eastern slopes of Mount Etnea, Zafferana Etnea is regarded as a popular stopping point for tourists wishing to visit the summit. The town is also renowned for its honey production, with honey infused with orange blossom and lemons being a popular choice.


Giardini Naxos
Just south of Taormina, this beautiful and popular bay of white sand with some pebbly sections is the largest stretch of beach in the area. There’s a good range of facilities with sunloungers, parasols for hire, water sports, beach bars and restaurants.

Aci Trezza

Aci Trezza is a little seaside town with a couple of small streets, and rocky islands/outcrops - you can hire a canoe or a pedalo to explore. In the summer months there are a few bars along the waterfront, and you can get breakfast, and also watch the sunset over the water in the evening. The car park is a bit on the small side, however there is a regular bus from Catania.

Isola Bella Beach
The most famous of nearby Taormina’s beaches and one of the prettiest of coves, Isola Bella Beach is connected to the little island of the same name by a thin strip of sand. Offering panoramic views and crystal clear water, this very popular, pebbly beach is connected to the town by cable car (or some 300 steps) and has sunloungers and parasols for hire.


Taormina Film Fest - June
A six day festival of film screenings and press conferences held at the Greek Amphitheatre.

Taormina Arte – July & August
A festival of live dance, theatre and opera set in the Teatro Greco.


Mount Etna
Etna, which is the largest active volcano in Europe, erupts frequently and a tour up to the crater is a must for any tourist visiting the island.

Corso Umberto
Take an evening stroll along the medieval Corso Umberto in Taormina, a pedestrianized avenue lined with exclusive designer boutiques, antique shops and luxury jewellers.

Greek Theatre - Teatro Greco
The Teatro Greco is Taormina’s leading attraction. Built in the 3rd century BC, this stunning Greek theatre offers a picturesque setting with views across the Gulf of Naxos and a backdrop of Mount Etna. Each summer the theatre is used as a venue for an impressive schedule of events; from rock concerts to opera as well as an annual film festival.