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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
Ski-In / Ski-Out
Free Parking
Wheelchair Access
Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly )
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Breakfast included
Non-Smoking Hotel
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Fontanarossa Airport34 km
Tito Menniti Airport71 km
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Basic, but very clean and spacious two bedroom apartment, one double bed and three single beds.
Very large terrace with exceptional view.
Restaurant with reasonably priced pizzas, 2 euro coperto per person.
You are able to sign up for Etna excursion in the reception.
Free WIFI.
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Rifugio Sapienza may be described as a chalet, but it is actually a very good basic hotel, and good value for money. The rooms are warm and comfortable, although a kettle would have been welcome!! However, there is a bar and a restaurant to get drinks. The menu is substantia
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We were expecting a "mountain hut" so imagine our surprise when we arrived at Rifugio Sapienza on Mount Etna and had a lovely room with fridge, wifi and hairdryer and lots of warm water from the shower.
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We were pleasantly surprised at how awesome the pizza was in the restaurant! It was VERY busy when we got there for lunch, but our food came quickly and was very good. The wait staff were super nice and we really appreciated the complimentary cannoli for dessert! Definitely authe
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We drove up on our own to Rifugio Sapienza. We went up the cable car and the bus service all the way to the top craters and it was very worthwhile. We walked around the newer crater from the 2002 eruption - and it was amazing
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Does the hotel offer airport shuttle please?
I don't think so, though you could ask them: some of their staff speak English. I think you should consider booking a taxi, in advance, yourself. As the Sicilians can be very (very) unhelpful when your travel arrangements break down, I would really advise a package.
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First of all i am foreign and i was driving up to rifugio sapienza where the big parking is for mount etna tours and i am a bit aware of the ztl in italy and i just had like 800m left and i see a ZTL sign. Does this mean i cant go there?
Bonjour. Quelle agence pour l'excursion à 3300m faut-il prendre pour bénéficier des 30%de réduction par l'hôtel ? Merci
Aucune idée. Cela faisait parti d’un circuit plus vaste organisé par l’agence “aventure et volcans” de Lyon. Desplé
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Nous serons 4 au mois d'août. Quelle chambre me conseillez-vous ? Merci
Nous avions pris une chambre famille, avec deux espaces nuit, et vue sur la vallée, c'était parfait pour nous 4!
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Bonjour. Bénéficie-t'on de 30% sur une ascension à 85€ si l'on passe une nuit à l'hôtel ? Je prévoit de faire l'ascension le lendemain de mon arrivée à l'hôtel. Ce sera début août et pour 4 personnes. Faut-il réserver l'excursion avant ? Quelle agence me conseillez-vous. Quels sont approxivativement les prix des repas à l'hôtel ? Y a t'il, proche du refuge, de la vente à emporter (pannini...) pour l'excursion, voir même pour le repas du soir. J'ai besoin d'anticiper mes dépenses car j'ai un budget limité. Merci.
Bonsoir, oui, nous avons bénéficié d'une remise de 30% sur l'excursion. Il n'est pas nécessaire de réserver. De mémoire, nous en avons eu pour 90€ pour le dîner à 4, avec 4 plats, 4 desserts. Pour la vente à emporter, je ne sais pas, nous n'en avons pas eu besoin... Faites attention au temps sur l'Etna, fin octobre, nous avons eu -5 et une tempête de neige!
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"Choose the Grotta Femmine"
"If it's important you might ask for a room with a view of the mountain"
"large, clean, comfortables"
"chose a room with a good view"
"I think all the rooms have good views either up the mountain or over the coast. Our one was on the top floor and was nice and quiet."
US$ 66 - US$ 134 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
ItalySicilyProvince of CataniaNicolosi
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