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Piazza Rifugio Sapienza SNC, 95030 Nicolosi, Sicily Italy
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Delicious hotel in alpine style, situated in a privileged position at 1920 meter quote, max point of arrival for cars and close to the implants of Etna's Cableway. Ideal destination both in winter, due to the proximity to the ski resorts, which in summer time for all who wishes to experience the charm of the excursion to the volcano's summit. The 22 rooms, distributed on two floors, are equipped with all comforts: hairdryer, toiletries, safe, minibar and Wi-Fi free. The Rifugio Sapienza, it isn't only an ideal place for relax or have fun; during your stay, our chefs will delight your palate with the specialties of the house. In the morning for breakfast a rich buffet with homemade preparations, hot croissant, tarts, pies just baked will await you... To main meals, served in the smart restaurant, typical Sicilian recipes from the timeless and unforgettable flavors will be protagonists. Our restaurant is open all days, also with a la carte menu and is proud to be sought for all types of banqueting and meetings. In spring and summer time, all nights the pizzeria will be open... Slow-rising dough and high quality ingredients will make special your pizza at 2000 meters altitude!!!
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Property amenities
Free parking
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Free breakfast
Bicycle rental
Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly )
Ski In / Ski Out
Baggage storage
Street parking
Bar / lounge
Coffee shop
Breakfast buffet
Breakfast in the room
Kids' meals
Snack bar
Special diet menus
Ski rentals
Bowling offsite
Tennis court offsite
Water park offsite
Gift shop
Non-smoking hotel
Shared lounge / TV area
24-hour front desk
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Private balcony
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English, French, Spanish, Italian
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Caltanissetta, Italy2861 contributions30837 helpful votes
Today a great climb from Zafferana Etnea to Mount Etna, we arrived in the historical Rifugio Sapienza. We had a wonderful arancino with spinach and the possibility to have some minute for relax. Wonderful!
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Date of stay: September 2020Trip type: Travelled
81 Helpful votes2 Reposts
Mark B wrote a review Feb 2020
Haz-Zebbug, Malta16 contributions23 helpful votes
Sapienza is a bit of a dominating building in the area, and is The meeting place or place to get to before continuing your climb up mt etna. Some rooms have absolutely stunning views, especially the ones with a small balcony! Otherwise its a small comfy guest house that ticks the basics well, especially after a long day hiking etna.
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Date of stay: February 2020Trip type: Travelled
2 Helpful votes
Vesna G wrote a review Nov 2019
4 contributions2 helpful votes
Everything is very well organized and although there are big queues all goes very fast. We didn't go to the crater because Etna had eruptions, but they still charged us for guide services. Etna is worth seeing even though the price of 140 EUR for two persons is too high
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Date of stay: September 2019
1 Helpful vote
gregdzi wrote a review Oct 2019
Warsaw, Poland187 contributions57 helpful votes
Tremendous location just near the cable car to Etna vulcano. Rifugio offers discount for cable car. The room and bathroom were clean, WiFi was working fine. Good breakfast (mostly sweet products like crossaints and cakes but also some eggs and ham were available). Breakfast contained coffee and juice as well. Very helpful people working at the reception desk. We got some information about the area. We didn't have any problems to communicate in English. Small parking available. As for drawbacks, our room was too dark (very small window) and we didn't have good view on literally nothing (I don't know if there were any rooms for the same price with better view). The room looked better in pictures than in reality.
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Date of stay: October 2019
1 Helpful vote
Andrea H wrote a review Oct 2019
Prague, Czech Republic75 contributions7 helpful votes
Friendly staff, clean, nice rooms, all the necessities included. Dinner and breakfast options are great and for reasonable price. Pizza is really tasty and we had it packed even for the second day snack. Nice housewine. And the location is great. Few steps from telecabine and perfect for just walk around after late arrival.
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Date of stay: October 2019Trip type: Travelled
bungawangi wrote a review Oct 2019
Sydney, Australia47 contributions45 helpful votes
Friendly reception staff, comfortable beds in the double rooms with ensuite. Clean and private and reasonable price. Good breakfast. Have dinner at the restaurant, good portions and reasonable prices. The accommodation can provide discount to Volcano excursions. Free, convenient parking.
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Date of stay: September 2019
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Room Tip: Spend the extra for a private double room with ensuite, well worth it.
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Sunshine70D wrote a review Sep 2019
Messina, Italy3 contributions1 helpful vote
In a fantastic place, you can eat, sleep, do excursions, relax and enjoy the volcano's eruptions at night.It is really worth. Quite close to the towns around the mount which you can ist everyday and enjoy local food and culture.
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Date of stay: June 2019
Wendy A wrote a review Jul 2019
18 contributions3 helpful votes
We stayed only one night but loved it. The restaurant pizza was yummy - generous pour on the carafe of house (delicious) red wine. The room was basic but super clean with amazing views. We were able to walk to and around a crater and even take a small hike up behind the hotel.
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Date of stay: June 2019
Trip type: Travelled
shaunsouthern wrote a review Jul 2019
Oswestry, United Kingdom1316 contributions1428 helpful votes
On our two day whistle tsop trip to Catania just to see Mt Etna when we knew the weather woudl be good enough - we'd missed out before in March - we decided to stay right on the mountain at the Refugio. ITs almost an hours drive from Catania and we wanted to be there early for the 9.15 tour we'd booked. The rooms looked great, and they were. Very comfortable bed, lots of pillows, wifi. No tea or coffee, but a great place to stay, right at the foot of the cable car. Breakfast was included, continental, lots of pastries, cereal, cheese and ham, even "almond drink" which was very sweet almond milk. We also ate in the restaurant - reviewed separately. A great price too, £60. Just rememeber (As I found out to my cost) to bring euros - there's no ATM in the whole complex let alone the hotel and its a 20km drive to the nearest one.
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Date of stay: July 2019
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Trip type: Travelled
2 Helpful votes
Caltanissetta, Italy2861 contributions30837 helpful votes
Arriving from Catania pedalling my Road Bike, I have arrived in Rifugio Sapienza on Etna Volcano, great espresso coffee, staff very kind, very good the tipical Sicilian Fast food (arancine, pizza, schiacciate etc)
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Date of stay: June 2019Trip type: Travelled
34 Helpful votes
US$82 - US$92 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
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Frequently Asked Questions about Rifugio Sapienza
Which popular attractions are close to Rifugio Sapienza?
Nearby attractions include Mount Etna (5.6 km), Etna In Miniatura (0.05 km), and Grotta di Serracozzo (7.8 km).
What are some of the property amenities at Rifugio Sapienza?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, free breakfast, and an on-site restaurant.
What food & drink options are available at Rifugio Sapienza?
Guests can enjoy free breakfast, an on-site restaurant, and a lounge during their stay.
Is parking available at Rifugio Sapienza?
Yes, free parking and street parking are available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to Rifugio Sapienza?
Conveniently located restaurants include l'Abbazia, Ristorante Feudo Delizia, and Ristorante Pizzeria Nuovo K2.
Are pets allowed at Rifugio Sapienza?
Yes, pets are typically allowed, but it's always best to call ahead to confirm.
Which languages are spoken by the staff at Rifugio Sapienza?
The staff speaks multiple languages, including English, Spanish, French, and Italian.
Are there any historical sites close to Rifugio Sapienza?
Many travellers enjoy visiting Casina del Cavaliere (8.0 km).
Does Rifugio Sapienza have any great views?
Yes, guests often enjoy the mountain view available here.
Is Rifugio Sapienza accessible?
Yes, it offers wheelchair access and reduced mobility rooms. For specific enquiries, we recommend calling ahead to confirm.