Etna & Area
Monaci delle Terre Nere is perfectly located with views over the sea, the hills and mountains where so many 'worlds' meet. Beyond the grassy gardens and tranquil terraces of the estate, there is much to explore in and around Etna: from dramatic climbs, hikes and skiing to swimming and snorkelling, and the diverse cultures of Sicily's towns and cities.
Fine wine trails, scenic coastal drives, cycling routes and the chance to tour Etna and the nearby volcanic islands by helicopter offer other memorable viewpoints of this singular landscape. Our insightful guest relations team will help you plan the best activities for your stay.
The sense of the sea
The splendid Villa del Casale, with its colourful mosaics, is one of the wonders of the Roman world. Famed for its mosaic of bikini-wearing ladies (which French archaeologists originally thought were from the 1960s!) this ancient villa was the ultimate leisure hideaway for the Roman nobility. Stop for lunch at acclaimed Al Foghèr where they have a great wine list and imaginative menu.
This lovely seaside village has tons of character and charm. We love dinners at La Cialoma and visits to Liccamuciula, a local shop where you can find interesting and intriguing items. If you are driving down to Noto, essential stops include at Vendicari nature reserve, between Noto and Marzamemi, and Calamosche beach which is located near the archaeological ruins of Eloro.
A full-day trekking excursion on Mount Etna, Europe's largest active volcano. This expertly-guided guided trip includes a scenic hike up through beech forests to the panoramic Valle del Bove, and a visit to dramatic lava caves.
Showcasing the finest baroque buildings in the world, this World Heritage city is a true gem. Caffè Sicilia, was named by the Times as one of the greatests bars in Italy, and was featured in Chef's Table documentary for its impeccable cakes, pastries and granita. The Anche gli Angeli concept store is unexpectedly urbane, and well worth visiting for it's curated range of products, magnificent architecture and a lovely bar. Don't miss the main square and where there is a statue of the poet: Coffa, who is our founder's illustrious ancestor.
Etna's scenic roads
The road that leads up to Randazzo is one of the most bewitching driving routes in Sicily, stopping at the oldest tree in Europe. Randazzo is closest town to the summit of Etna and one of the access points to hiking the volcano.
The historic city and UNESCO World Heritage site offers Greek and Roman artefacts galore, and the island of Ortygia - the city within the city - is an absolute jewel.
Etna helicopter tour
A heli-tour of our Mungibeddu or 'beautiful mountain' will quite simply take your breath away. Get a bird's eye view of Mount Etna with a 20-minute trip by air, with a collection from the Monaci estate itself. Prepare your camera and our experienced pilot will help you discover the volcano's hidden secrets. And if you're really lucky, you could even witness an eruption or lava flow from the sky! /p>
Discover this intriguing and diverse city with tips from our guest relations team. Make sure you visit the many food markets, and the cathedral at Piazza Duomo. If you arrive at lunchtime, we'd recommend the freshly-caught fish at Fratelli Vittorio, or drop in to the local hangout at Etoil d'Or for laid-back bar food like arancini, cipolline and pizzette.
A trip to see Etna is a must. It's the largest active volcano in Europe and one of UNESCO's World Heritage sites. Having the chance to go up to 3,000 metres is a unique opportunity, where you can experience unforgettable sights, sounds and sensations.
Scenic and delightful, Taormina is perfect for evening strolls and people-watching. Before a visit to Greek Theatre, make sure you stop for an elegant aperitivo at Hotel Timeo, which a gorgeous views of the Mediterranean Sea. Lunch at the Hotel S'Andrea, which overlooks the sea, offers inspiring flavours.
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Enjoy a minute of Sicily, through the eyes of The Travel Two. Daniella and Martin are two friends who have turning life into an eternal holiday. They stayed at Monaci delle Terre Nere and fell in love with the estate.