Rifugio Sapienza

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Rifugio Sapienza: Our most recommended tours and activities

  • Mount Etna: Cable Car, Jeep, & Hiking Tour to Summit

    1. Mount Etna: Cable Car, Jeep, & Hiking Tour to Summit

    Ascend to the summit of the craters of Mount Etna, one of the most coveted excursions a hiker can make. Hike in full safety with an authorized alpine and volcano guide, and marvel at the beauty and wonder of the highest active volcano in Europe.   Depart from Sapienza Refuge in Nicolosi, and ascend 2,504 meters by cable car. Then, ride in a 4x4 Jeep up to 2,900 meters, to begin your hike. You’ll hike 1.5 hours uphill, passing many craters and taking long pauses to take pictures and rest.

    Experience the incredible feeling of being on top of the world in this rocky, beautiful landscape with the giant sky above you. After reaching the summit, descend for 2 hours back to the cable car, which will take you to your departure point.

    Unfortunately due to volcanic activity it wasnt allowed to hike to the summit. We got messaged about this a day in advance with an offer for an alternative past previous lava flows and craters, which we took. It still was a beautifull experience with a very friendly, experienced and knowledgeable, multi lingual guide. We didn't get to take the 4x4 bus because we were hiking on a lowere altidtude but got that refunded through get your guide.

  • From Taormina: Mount Etna and Alcantara River Tour

    2. From Taormina: Mount Etna and Alcantara River Tour

    Depart Taormina and journey to the Rifugio Sapienza on Mount Etna. Learn the history of the volcano and visit sites of its last eruptions. Choose to trek along the nature paths of the Parco dell’Etna or ride the cable car to an altitude of 2,504 meters and continue by 4WD minibus to the Torre del Filosofo. Get stunning views of the scenery stretching down to the sea and admire the craters and historical lava flows that characterize the landscape. Return to the Rifugio Sapienza to explore a lava cave in safety. Continue down the mountain and stop at the organic farm of Zafferana to sample local produce, including honey, wine and oil. Explore the different landscapes of the Alcantara River. Walk down small paths, past cultivated fields, and see the natural pools and waterfalls of the Gurne dell'Alcantara. Discover the ruins of Francavilla Castle, and continue to get up close to differen...

    Nathalie our guide was an open leksikon and such a polite and friendly person -she sure made our day at Etna the best -Thanks a lot

  • Catania: Mount Etna Trekking and Summit Craters

    3. Catania: Mount Etna Trekking and Summit Craters

    From the meeting point at Funivia dell'Etna, you’ll start the day by catching the cable car and bus to the trailhead. After trekking for about 2 kilometers, you will reach the western portion of the summit crater terrace where it is possible to admire the stateliness of the Central Crater. The trekking will continue along the crater wall before starting downhill on the steep path constituted by ash and volcanic scoria along the southern portion of the summit. Complete the extraordinary journey back to Rifugio Sapienza by cable car.

    Biagio was a terrific guide! Incredibly knowledgeable and friendly - the hike was unforgettable due to our guide

  • From Catania: Etna Downhill Mountain Biking Experience

    4. From Catania: Etna Downhill Mountain Biking Experience

    After being picked up from your hotel in Catania, head for the southern part of Mount Etna where the tour will begin. You'll be in good company with a qualified mountain bike guide who will share with you a passion for this land and sport. Reach the top of the mountain to begin the trail downhill by bike with climbs and unique descents around old and new lava flows on the highest active volcano in Europe. The proposed trails are able to meet the needs of all bikers and after the tour you will return to Catania.

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What people are saying about Rifugio Sapienza

Overall rating

4.7 / 5

based on 243 reviews

Superb hike with Edouardo Amore, we could not go to the top due to the activity of the volcano but the secondary hiking route was super interesting with breathtaking views. Edouardo was a great guide, he even sent us some videos of the active volcano and lava flows after the hike. I recommend!

Excellent and Edoardo our guide was perfect, thanks! Too much activity in the volcano to be able to go at the top on that day, but we had a very interesting alternative at the secondary craters and Edoardo made it very thorough, and fun. One of my best memories from Sicily this summer

We were lucky enough to witness an eruption of etna during this day which made it fantastic. The route proposed by the guide was clear and accessible to all. Our guide Eduardo was really wonderful with all his explanations that accompanied the excursion

Nice, attentive and easy to understand guide! The tour was extremely exhausting, but also because we had crazy headwinds uphill :) Everything was done for our safety, even if that means that you don't see any lava. It was still a unique experience!

We had a great time on Etna with Edoardo. Despite a change of program following the activity of Etna. Edoardo is a very professional and pleasant guide. He loves etna and likes to pass on his knowledge. Thanks again to EDoardo