BUS The only public transport that allows you to reach the Sapienza refuge is the bus of the AST company . It starts from Catania, in Piazza Papa Giovanni XXIII and reaches the Piazzale del Rifugio Sapienza, in
Nicolosi, on the slope of Etna Sud, from which excursions depart to reach the top of Etna using the cable car and jeeps.
The price is around 3 euros each way. Below are all the timetables taken from the company's website:
From Catania: The departure from Catania is scheduled every day at 8:15 am while the arrival on Etna is scheduled for 10:15 am. It is possible to take the bus directly to Nicolosi at 9:05 am.
From Etna: The departure from Etna towards Catania is scheduled for 4.30 pm each day with arrival in Nicolosi at 5.30 pm and in Catania at 6.30 pm.
For information contact AST S.p.A. Catania - Via Luigi Sturzo, 230/232 - Tel. 095 7461096
BY CAR From Nicolosi: Once in Nicolosi, the tourist station of Nicolosi (South Etna) can be reached in about 20 minutes by road. Take the Via Etnea and continue along the Provincial Road 92 until you reach the
Piazzale del Sapienza Refuge which is located at an altitude of 1,900 m.
From Catania: Follow the signs for Nicolosi, first crossing Gravina di Catania and then Mascalucia; Once in Nicolosi, take the Via Etnea (the main street of the town) and continue on the SP 92 to reach Piazzale
Cantoniera at an altitude of 1,910 m. How-to-reach Etna
From Messina or Taormina: take the ME-CT A18 highway and exit at Acireale, follow the road to Lavinaio, Monterosso, Trecastagni, Pedara until you reach Nicolosi; from here continue to the SP 92 up to an altitude of
1900. Alternatively, take the whole ME-CT A18 motorway and once you have passed the toll booths, continue on the Catania ring road. Exit at the Gravina di Catania junction and continue towards Mascalucia e then Nicolosi. From
here, go along the whole Via Etnea (the main street of the town) and continue on the SP 92 until you reach Piazzale Cantoniera at an altitude of 1,910 m.
From Palermo: Coming from the PA-CT A19 motorway, upon reaching the ring road with the Catania ring road, continue towards Messina, and exit at the "Gravina di Catania" junction. From here follow the signs for
Nicolosi (or Etna) crossing first Gravina of Catania and then Mascalucia.