Monaci delle Terre Nere
Qualified by "Tatler" as one of the sexiest hotels in the world and mentioned by Gywneth Paltrow on his blog "Goop", Monaci delle Terre Nere is a magical place among vineyards and olive groves, which certainly assimilates and transmits the magnetism of the volcano.
The reception is housed in the nineteenth-century villa, in the typical pink color: large terrace with wrought iron railing. Around, in the lush garden, the small lava stone houses, once warehouses, deposits, barns, have become very charming accommodation in the midst of prickly pears.
A lost paradise that Guido Coffa, owner, director and "farmer", as he likes to define himself, has restructured with hard work, love, passion and restored to its former glory, actually even better.
With infinite patience and persistence he wanted to create an Agriturismo, in the true sense of the word, reporting, in the 16 hectares of land and terracing, crops of ancient native species of the territory: peaches, apples, plums, tomatoes and vines, once cultivated precisely by the monks of the Order of Sant'Anna.
The menu is short, as it befits a true zero kilometer, and the palate benefits: where else can you have a past with vegetables collected in the morning served at lunch or dinner?
This is one of the small daily luxuries for guests who can savor the best of all-round Sicilian, also guided by the brilliant landlady Ada, a Mediterranean beauty of appearance and soul.
Another luxury? The indigenous rigor used in the materials of Monaci delle terre Nere: in the villa and in the outbuildings, the floor is strictly in chestnut wood of Etna, like the ceilings; all environmentally friendly, in every part of the resort and in the furnishings, the cement is absolutely banned. "Here, guests have to breathe", underlines Guido, where breathing also means enjoying in beautiful surroundings.