Monaci delle Terre Nere

Zafferana Etnea, Catania
+39 0957 083638
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A baroque retreat with exquisite décor and a warm informality. Join the chef to create delicious lunches in a striking Mount Etna setting


19 rooms


Rooms sleep 2

Children welcome
Pets welcome
Babies welcome

The Experience

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.

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We think you'll love

  • The unique setting between the volcano and the coast
  • Spending an evening eating delicious homemade gnocchi in the garden
  • Borrowing an e-bike and cycling through the citrus orchards
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You should know

  • You’ll need a car for exploring, or arrange a transfer and stay perfectly still for your entire stay - both great options
  • Some of the suites are a walk away from the restaurant so you could be navigating some rocky paths


  • Swimming pool
  • Hot tub
  • Garden
  • Open fire / woodburner
  • Breakfast included
  • Breakfast available
  • Meals available
  • Vegetarian meals
  • Parking on premises
  • Free parking nearby
  • Accessible by public transport
  • WiFi
  • Television
  • Spa
  • Central heating
  • Limited mobility
  • Wheelchair access
  • Mobile reception
  • Hob
  • Bar
  • Barbecue
  • Licensed premises
  • Paid parking nearby
  • Air conditioning
  • Relaxation areas
  • Washing machine
  • Tennis court
  • No smoking
  • Credit cards
  • Working farm
  • Owner has pets
  • Pets welcome

Family friendly

  • Baby monitor
  • Books and toys
  • Children welcome
  • Babies welcome
  • Stair gates
  • High chair
  • Fire guard
  • Cot available


  • Pub/bar within 3 miles
  • Restaurant within 3 miles
  • Shop within 3 miles


  • Bikes available
  • Food courses
  • Kayaking
  • Other courses
  • Sailing
  • Surfing
  • Wild swimming

& pricing

Booking information

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Booking restrictions
All Sawday's guests will be offered a welcome drink, 10% discount at our Locanda Nerello Restaurant and a bottle of Sicilian wine in the room upon arrival.
No smoking
Smoking not permitted anywhere in the property.
This property is part of a working farm or vineyard.
Lunch and dinner on request. Restaurants nearby.


Nightly price
from €318
Singles €180. Dinner, B&B €58 per person. Extra bed/sofabed available €35 per person per night.
11 Suites for 2
From €780
8 Doubles
From €318



We liked the spacious and thoughtfully decorated room, excellent breakfast of fruit, cakes and cheeses. Guido's passion for his place, farm and Sicily shines through. We also dined here and enjoyed great cooking with high quality ingredients, most of which were from the property. Guido clearly knows his wines. This is undoubtedly a special place and one to which I fully intend to return.

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The neighbourhood

This is the kind of spot that you don’t really have to leave - in a good way. Horse riding, yoga, wine-tasting, massage and cooking classes will fill your days nicely. When you’ve learnt to make pasta and read your favourite book in one of the garden’s quiet spots Mount Etna is next door. Hike, ride or take a helicopter to the top. Take the train to Catania for the food markets.

Local points of interest from Guido Alessandro Coffa

  • Hike, helicopter or horseride on Mount Etna, Europe’s largest active volcano
  • Follow the wine trails of Etna, visiting some of the most interesting producers from this unique volcanic terroir, including Benanti and Frank Cornelissen
  • Take a Sicilian cooking class with our Chef followed by a leisurely lunch where you'll sample what you've made
  • Explore the scenic Eastern coast of Sicily, including cultural Taormina and the Costa dei Ciclopi
  • Make time for a city trip to Catania to visit the renowned food markets and historic centre
  • Have lunch in Santa Maria la Scala, the 'Portofino' of Etna’s coastline


Guido Alessandro Coffa

Guido’s dream was to share this beautiful corner of Sicily - with partner Ada he has created quite the showcase. Entrepreneur and organic farmer with a passion for fine wines - he’s an interesting gent to share a glass with - you’ll be able to do so at the Convivium bar. Manager Giovanna will ensure your stay is perfection and friendly Nino on reception will share day trip advice.