Foodies will flock here – you can join in with a cookery class, or sit back and eat your way through serious breakfasts, lunches and suppers before conking out in comfortable bedrooms.
You wend your way up the volcanic slope of Mount Etna to this noble retreat: a dusky pink 1800s palazzo overlooking the Med. Guests can learn the secrets of making homemade pasta and gnocchi together with the chef in the kitchen.
Stunning black lava rock walls and gargantuan timbers frame suspended staircases, striking paintings and art adorn the sumptuous suites. The imaginatively restored winemaking cantina has a wood-burner and bar perfect for Sicilian soirées.
Feast on house honey, olive oil and wine, croissants, meats and cheeses – with treats from the organic vegetable and herb garden. Visit the excellent restaurant in the next village. There’s a bakery too, where the bread and pastries are freshly made every day.