The only public transport that allows you to reach the South Side - Rifugio Sapienza is the bus of the company AST . It is a scheduled bus that leaves from Catania, in Piazza Papa Giovanni XXIII and reaches the Piazzale del Rifugio Sapienza.
Departure time at 8.15 am - stop 15 min. in Nicolosi, and arrival at the square of the Sapienza Refuge at about 9.45 / 10.
In order to optimize the times, we can provide a transfer from Nicolosi at 8.45 am to Rif. Sapienza, in order to arrive in time for the departure for the excursions to the Summit Craters, which usually start at 9 / 9.30.
The return can always take place with the same bus of the AST Line, with departure from Rif. Sapienza at about 4 / 4.30 pm.
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 approximately 10:00. It is possible to take the bus directly to Nicolosi at 9:05 am.
From Etna: The departure from Etna to Catania is scheduled for 4:30 pm every day, arriving 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
From Nicolosi: Once in Nicolosi, the tourist resort of Nicolosi (South Etna) can be reached in about 20 minutes by road. Take the Via Etnea and continue on 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 crossing first Gravina di Catania and then Mascalucia; Once in Nicolosi, take Via Etnea (the main street of the town) and continue along the SP 92 up to
reach the Piazzale Cantoniera at an altitude of 1,910 m. How-to-reach-Etna
From Messina or Taormina: take the ME-CT A18 motorway and exit at Acireale, follow the road to Lavinaio, Monterosso, Trecastagni, Pedara until reaching Nicolosi; from here continue on the SP 92
up to an altitude of 1900. Alternatively, take the entire 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, take the entire 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 at the junction with the Catania ring road, continue towards Messina, and exit at the "Gravina di Catania" junction. From here follow the directions for
Nicolosi (or Etna) crossing first Gravina di Catania and then Mascalucia.