As mentioned in a previous article, I was in Sicily the past few days to explore the best of Catania and surroundings for Storie di Stile. Each month I will share one of my discoveries, until we reach the total of 10 stories. Today we kick off with the first: Monaci delle Terre Nere.
When the noisy and busy city becomes too much to handle, one needs a soothing change of scenery. A retreat that encapsulates all Catania’s surroundings have to offer; the amazing slopes and fertile soils of Mount Etna and a view of the Mediterranean sea. Monaci delle Terre Nere offers all that. And a bit more.
Once inhabited by monks, this noble residence is settled amidst an organic farm. Courtesy of the volcanic soils of the Etna, wine, olives, fruits, herbs and vegetables are all grown on the 40 acres estate. Though one can enjoy and indulge in style. 7 years ago, Guido Alessandro Coffa came across this wonderful piece of land, and decided to transform it in a boutique hotel, yet maintaining its authentic character.
It resulted in an eclectic mix of the old building details (for example: a bed sunk in the stone construction of the former wine tubs) with contemporary decoration such as art from Brazilian/British artist Olivier Mourao and modern furniture by FLOS and B&B Italia.
He started with 6 rooms -which is now doubled- and the property is to expand up to a maximum of 18 rooms in the coming year.
Monaci delle Terre Nere also includes an infinity pool with salt water, an outdoor cinema on the lawn (during Summer months), a restaurant serving their own produce, and wine cellars.
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