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Overview of Rifugio Sapienza

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Premium bedding, in-room safe, desk, cots/infant beds
Premium bedding, in-room safe, desk, cots/infant beds
Premium bedding, in-room safe, desk, cots/infant beds
Premium bedding, in-room safe, desk, cots/infant beds

Rifugio Sapienza

4.2/5 Very good

Guests rated this property 4.3/5 for cleanliness.

Popular amenities

  • Free WiFi
  • Breakfast included
  • Parking included
  • Pet-friendly
  • Restaurant
  • Business services

Explore the area

    Popular LocationEtna Cable Car1 min walk
    Popular LocationSilvestri Craters8 min walk
    Popular LocationMonte Nero Zappini Nature Trail10 min drive
    AirportCatania (CTA-Fontanarossa)62 min drive

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Triple Room

5/5 guest room rating
  • Sleeps 3
  • 3 Single Beds

Quadruple Room

5/5 guest room rating
  • Sleeps 4
  • 1 Double Bed and 2 Single Beds OR 4 Single Beds

Family Room

No guest room rating
  • Sleeps 5
  • 1 Double Bed and 3 Single Beds

Double Room

4.6/5 guest room rating
  • Sleeps 3
  • 1 Double Bed

Classic Single Room

5/5 guest room rating
  • Sleeps 1
  • 1 Single Bed

Twin Room (2 Single Beds)

5/5 guest room rating
  • Sleeps 3
  • 2 Single Beds

About this area


Rifugio Sapienza is located in Nicolosi. Sanctuary of Our Lady of Sciara and Castle of Norman are local landmarks, and some of the area's activities can be experienced at Etna Cable Car and Monte Nero Zappini Nature Trail. Butterfly House and Adventure Park Etna are also worth visiting.
Popular Location

What's nearby

  • Etna Cable Car - 1 min walk
  • Silvestri Craters - 8 min walk
  • Monte Nero Zappini Nature Trail - 10 min drive
  • Adventure Park Etna - 38 min drive
  • Piano Provenzana - 66 min drive

Getting around

  • Catania Ognina Station - 38 min drive
  • Catania (CTA-Fontanarossa) - 64 min drive


  • Feudo Delizia - 19 min drive
  • Panta Rei - 23 min drive
  • Pizzeria Oro dell'Etna - 24 min drive
  • Santa Rita Garden - 24 min drive
  • 7+ - 24 min drive

About this property

Rifugio Sapienza

Slopeside inn steps away from Etna Cable Car
Ski into Rifugio Sapienza, where you can enjoy a drink at the bar/lounge, have a meal at the restaurant, and take advantage of complimentary wireless Internet access and a coffee shop/café. All 22 rooms offer free WiFi, room service and flat-screen TVs with satellite channels. Guests will also find premium bedding, safes and showers.
Rifugio Sapienza offers 22 forms of accommodation with a safe. Beds feature premium bedding. Flat-screen televisions come with satellite channels.

Bathrooms include a shower. This Nicolosi inn provides complimentary wireless Internet access. Housekeeping is provided on a daily basis.

Recreational amenities at the inn include ski-in/ski-out access.

The recreational activities listed below are available either on-site or nearby; fees may apply.

Property amenities


  • Available in all rooms: Free WiFi
  • Available in some public areas: Free WiFi

Parking and public transport

  • Free self-parking on site
  • Wheelchair-accessible parking available
  • Return airport shuttle (surcharge)

Food and drink

  • Free buffet breakfast available daily 7:30 AM–9:30 AM
  • 1 restaurant and 1 coffee shop/cafe
  • 1 bar
  • Room service available

Things to do

  • Bike rentals

Family friendly

  • Cots/infant beds (surcharge)
  • Laundry facilities
  • Snack bar/deli


  • Front-desk safe
  • Library

Guest services

  • Concierge services
  • Daily housekeeping
  • Front desk (limited hours)
  • Laundry facilities
  • Luggage storage
  • Ski-in/ski-out access
  • Tour/ticket assistance

Languages spoken

  • English
  • French
  • Italian
  • Spanish

Business services

  • Meeting rooms


  • Terrace


  • If you have any requests for specific accessibility needs, please contact the property using the information on the reservation confirmation received after booking.
  • Accessible bathroom (select rooms)
  • In-room accessibility (select rooms)
  • Wheelchair-accessible parking
  • Wheelchair-accessible path of travel


  • Smoke-free property

Room amenities


  • Cots/infant beds (surcharge)
  • Premium bedding


  • Shower


  • Flat-screen TV
  • Satellite channels


  • Desk
  • Safe



Check-in time starts at 3 PM
Minimum check-in age - 18


Check-out before 10 AM

Special check-in instructions

The front desk is open daily from 7 AM - midnight
Front desk staff will greet guests on arrival

Access methods

Staffed front desk


Pets stay for free

Children and extra beds

Children are welcome
Rollaway/extra beds are not available.
Cots (infant beds) are available for EUR 10.00 per night

Payment types at the property

Important information


You'll be asked to pay the following charges at the property:

  • A tax is imposed by the city: EUR 1.00 per person, per night

We have included all charges provided to us by the property.

Optional extras

The following fees and deposits are charged by the property at the time of service, check-in or check-out.

  • Crib (infant bed) fee: EUR 10.00 per night

The above list may not be comprehensive. Fees and deposits may not include tax and are subject to change.

You need to know

Extra-person charges may apply and vary depending on property policy
Government-issued photo identification and a credit card, debit card or cash deposit may be required at check-in for incidental charges
Special requests are subject to availability upon check-in and may incur additional charges; special requests cannot be guaranteed
This property accepts credit cards; cash is not accepted

We should mention

All guests, including children, must be present at check-in and show their government-issued photo ID card or passport
Cash transactions at this property cannot exceed EUR 1999.99, due to national regulations; for further details, please contact the property using the information in the booking confirmation

Property is also known as

Rifugio Sapienza Inn Nicolosi
Rifugio Sapienza Inn
Rifugio Sapienza Nicolosi
Rifugio Sapienza
Rifugio Sapienza Nicolosi, Italy - Sicily
Rifugio Sapienza Inn
Rifugio Sapienza Nicolosi
Rifugio Sapienza Inn Nicolosi

Frequently asked questions

Can I cancel my reservation for free at Rifugio Sapienza and receive a full refund?
Yes, Rifugio Sapienza offers free cancellation on select room rates, because flexibility matters! Please refer to Rifugio Sapienza cancellation policy on our site for more details about any exclusions or requirements.
Is Rifugio Sapienza pet-friendly?
Yes, pets are allowed at this property.
How much is parking at Rifugio Sapienza?
Self-parking is free at this property.
What time is check-in at Rifugio Sapienza?
Check-in begins at 3 PM.
What time is check-out at Rifugio Sapienza?
Checkout is at 10 AM.
Does Rifugio Sapienza provide a shuttle to the airport?
Yes, there's an airport shuttle.
Where is Rifugio Sapienza located?
Situated in Nicolosi, this ski inn is within a 10-minute walk of Etna Cable Car and Silvestri Craters.

Overall score and ratings


Very good

Rating 5 - Excellent. 39 out of 93 reviews
5 - Excellent 42%
Rating 4 - Good. 42 out of 93 reviews
4 - Good 45%
Rating 3 - Okay. 9 out of 93 reviews
3 - Okay 10%
Rating 2 - Poor. 1 out of 93 reviews
2 - Poor 1%
Rating 1 - Terrible. 2 out of 93 reviews
1 - Terrible 2%




Staff & service




Property conditions & facilities

5/5 Excellent

Liked: Cleanliness, staff & service, property conditions & facilities, room comfort
Great little hotel with amazing views and very professional and friendly staff. Good restaurant specialising in pizza. Would stay again!
Stayed 1 night in Oct 2020

4/5 Good

Liked: Cleanliness, staff & service
Disliked: Amenities
Stayed 1 night in Oct 2019

1/5 Terrible

Travelled with family
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I had to cancel due to losing my luggage on the airplane there. We had two nights and I was able to cancel a day ahead due to being stranded in the layover country. They refused to even let me cancel for the 2nd night.
Stayed 2 nights in Sep 2019

5/5 Excellent

Travelled with family
Liked: Cleanliness, staff & service, amenities, property conditions & facilities
Excellent option if you want to visit the Volcano area. Convenient and the best you get a discount for the cable car
Stayed 1 night in Aug 2019

4/5 Good

Stayed 1 night in Jun 2019

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