Did you know... Ancient yogis believed that we only have a limited number of breaths in each life? Hence, it made sense to stretch your life out a bit longer by taking slow and deep breaths. Take a private yoga lesson in the unforgettable setting of Monaci delle Terre Nere and master ancient breathing techniques for a long and balanced life!
Etna wine tastings
Volcanic Etna is one of the most exciting emerging wine territories in the world, with indigenous grape varieties and rare terroir. Here you have a unique opportunity to learn about these special wines through the lens of winegrowing and winemaking traditions. Using the estate's vineyards and ancient winemaking facility (palmento) as the venue, this private wine-tasting tour is designed and taught by our expert Sommelier. Join him for a guided walk through the vineyards, and private tour of the palmento where you'll sample wines from the Monaci delle Terre Nere estate and other acclaimed local producers.
Sicilian music and sundowners
Three times a week, sample cocktails and bitters whilst listening to smooth Sicilian jazz in the Convivium Bar. Experience the culture and soul of Sicily through its music..
Private hillside dining
There is nothing more romantic than a breathtaking view. For special anniversaries, proposals and memorable moments, choose a private candlelit dinner for two on the hillside above the main house.
Aperitif at the hall bar Convivium
This is the meeting place for guests staying at Monaci delle Terre Nere… You can have a chat, enjoy an aperitif together and listen to music. Enjoy a moment of relaxation and pleasure.
Cinema under the stars
Under a balmy night sky, we can arrange a private screening of classic Italian films by the outdoor pool. Cinema paradiso indeed!
Explore the Sicilian countryside in the most characterful way and immerse yourself in the unforgettable atmosphere of mysterious Mount Etna. Ride a local horse, slow your pace, reconnect with nature: savour a moment of inner harmony and freedom.
Our wonderful terrace overlooks Sicily's eastern coastline from which you can admire one of the most beautiful sunrises over Mount Etna. It glows bright orange. This is our favourite secret spot for a truly magical breakfast.
With some of the clearest skies and brightest stars on the island, the nightscape over Etna is spectacular. We can arrange for a highly-recommended astronomy aficionado from Catania to lead you through the constellations with the help of powerful telescopes and many years of experience.
Cycle through the 60-acre estate and discover the Sicilian countryside on two wheels. Monaci delle Terre Nere has mountain bikes and electric Smart bikes which are free for guests to use.
The herb route
Take a stroll in our organic herb garden and pick the herbs you love the most, or that capture your imagination. We'll turn these scented leaves and flowers into a freshly-made tea. Then you can simply find a private place, surrounded by the greenery of our estate, to enjoy your brew.
Ayurveda is a holistic approach of medical science that's almost 5,000 years old. Book an Ayurvedic massage with one of our skillful practitioners to repair mind, body and soul.
Dip into our lovely lava-stone pool, overlooking the Mediterranean. Set in grassy gardens, it's the most perfectly peaceful spot to enjoy the estate.
Sicilian cooking lessons
Learn the culinary secrets and specialities of Sicily; an experience of food heaven! For example, you can attend a "Pasta-making" class, guided by our wonderful chef, using organic eggs from our own chickens
Our much-loved, generous and fully organic breakfast buffet is a favourite of guests, and perfectly demonstrates our commitment to sustainable, local produce carefully sourced from our own estate and immediate surroundings. Choose homemade breakfast biscuits, pastries, cakes and wood-fired bread made daily in our kitchens; jams made of fruits from our orchards, charcuterie from nearby Nebrodi, artisanal Sicilian cheeses using cow, goat and sheep's milk, eggs from our hens, nut milks, the best honey from Zafferana, seasonal fruits and vegetables from our estate and cold-press juices. It's all organic and absolutely delicious!
The chef's secrets
Guests will learn the secrets of making our homemade pasta and gnocchi, prepared with old Sicilian wheat and filled with wild herbs collected on our farm. The lesson takes place in the Hotel’s own bakery, where the homemade bread, pasta and pastries we offer our guests are made every day.