Monaci delle Terre Nere

Zafferana Etnea, Catania

A baroque retreat with an exquisite décor, a warm informality, a striking Mount Etna setting... join the chef to create delicious lunches


19 rooms


Rooms sleep 2


Foodies will flock here – you can join in with the creation of such splendour, or sit back and eat (and drink) 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, and then have a delicious lunch. Inside, stunning black lava rock walls and gargantuan timbers frame suspended staircases and glass-panelled bathrooms, with striking paintings and objets d’art adorning the simply sumptuous suites. The imaginatively restored winemaking cantina has chestnut beams, a wood-burner and bar… perfect for secret, Sicilian soirées. Feast on house honey, olive oil and wine, fresh croissants, meats and cheeses – with spoiling treats from the organic vegetable and herb gardens – or visit the seriously good restaurant in the next village. There’s a bakery too, where the bread, pasta and pastries on offer to guests are made every day.


  • Swimming pool
  • Hot tub
  • Garden
  • Open fire / woodburner
  • Breakfast included
  • Breakfast available
  • Meals available
  • Parking on premises
  • Free parking nearby
  • Accessible by public transport
  • WiFi
  • Spa
  • Central heating
  • Limited mobility
  • Wheelchair access
  • Mobile reception
  • Hob
  • Bar
  • Barbecue
  • Licensed premises
  • Vegetarian meals
  • 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
  • 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

Check in
Check out
Lunch and dinner on request. Restaurants nearby.


Nightly price
from €120
Dinner, B&B €50 extra per person. Extra bed/sofabed available €60 per person per night.
11 Suites for 2
From €250
8 Doubles
From €120


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

Local points of interest from Guido Alessandro Coffa

  • Go to the biggest active volcano peak, Mount Etna, in just 2 hours. Exciting experience.
  • Take an intimate tour of Mount Etna during an interesting testing of some of the Volcano’s most important wines. Your guide on this tour is the American winemaker, Journalist and founder of Etna wine school. Learn what Ben Ben knows in a relaxed 2 testing
  • Our cooking class which take place in our kitchen between 12 and 14, you will prepare the dishes together our Chef and have lunch
  • Recommended is a wine tasting at the Benanti vineyard, Benanti is the father of the new era of Etna quality wines.
  • Have a round to Santa Maria la Scala, the local 'Potrofino' on the Etna coast.