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London, United Kingdom
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19 reviews
5 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Great location - amazing landscape, handy for seeing Mount Etna, a good place for the sunrise, and a great view over the coast. Really kind, friendly and helpful staff, especially the larger lad on reception - with execelent english too. We also really liked their video of the eruptions, which they played while we ate in the restaurant area. Good... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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12 reviews
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We stayed in the two bed family suite for one night and it was very comfortable. The staff were very warm and friendly and on checking out I was informed that we would get a discount on the funivia for the children as we had stayed in the hotel which was pleasantly welcomed. We watched an informative video on Etna... More 

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Germany
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7 hotel reviews
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Reviewed 21 October 2016

Halfway up the Etna sits Refugio Sapienza huddled against the side of the volcano. The interior is classic and looks like a wooden mountain hut. The rooms are welcoming and comfortable, Wifi is stable and fast and staff ist very kind and professional. The best: rooms are in October cheaper than in hotels in surrounding areas or at the foot... More 

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Rochester, New York
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44 reviews
12 hotel reviews
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Reviewed 13 October 2016 via mobile

We ate here 2 nights. Try the Sapienza wine. It was delicious. Service was very attentive. Pasta was so delicious we also had roasted sausages that were delicious. The second evening had a whole new crew and I wasn't so pleased. It certainly isn't fair to give it a bad review but I know the manager was there on Monday... More 

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Celbridge
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5 reviews
Reviewed 22 September 2016 via mobile

Hearty generous servings. Just the thing having scaled Mt Etna! The grilled lamb was so tasty. We ate both at lunch and in the evening which given it was late September was all the more pleasant in the welcoming dining are upstairs.

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Surrey
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Reviewed 26 August 2016 via mobile

I have little to add to the other reviews except to say hire your jacket at the top for €3, instead of the €5 I paid for a rather damp and smelly one down below. Other than that prices are cheaper here than at the top. I paid €7 for a jar of pistachio cream (yummy) at the bottom. The... More 

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Bristol
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69 hotel reviews
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Reviewed 23 August 2016 via mobile

Dined here whilst staying at nearby Hotel Corsaro. Arrived before the restaurant opened, but were made to feel very welcome and had a bottle of wine in the bar first. Dinner was lovely - plentiful portions, good food and good, unhurried service. Nice ski lodge type atmosphere. Would recommend/ come here again.

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Bath, United Kingdom
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26 reviews
7 hotel reviews
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Reviewed 21 August 2016 via mobile

The bedroom was fantastic. I had booked a quad, and i was expecting all beds to be in the same room, but it was more like an apartment. You enter the room, and there is a master bedroom with double bed and tv. Next door there is another room with 2 single beds and tv. And then there is a... More 

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Arnhem, The Netherlands
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180 reviews
69 hotel reviews
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Reviewed 13 August 2016 via mobile

This restaurant was the only one open for dinner during our 2 nights stay on Etna. And it was full. They have two menus, a multilingual and a Italian only. The choices vary: the Italian has more pizza varieties and the Piatti Unici which would be my recommendation if you want a full meal. This includes meat, vegetable and some... More 

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Chilterns, UK
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Reviewed 13 August 2016 via mobile

Ate in restaurant but did not stay as on day trip to Etna. This looked like the best eatery in the area but many other bars and cafes. Menu in many languages and as you would expect spaghetti dishes were hearty and served very quickly. Pizza cooked from scratch to order took a little longer but was nice. Took a... More 

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  • Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
  • Free Parking
  • Restaurant
  • Bar/Lounge
  • Free Breakfast
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  • Wheelchair Access
  • Ski-In / Ski-Out
  • Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly )
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  • Non-Smoking Rooms
  • Family Rooms
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  • Free Breakfast
Official Description (provided by the hotel)
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!!! ... more   less 

Additional Information about Rifugio Sapienza

Address: Piazza Rifugio Sapienza SNC | Nicolosi Nord, 95030 Nicolosi, Sicily, Italy
Region: Italy > Sicily > Province of Catania > Nicolosi
Price Range: RM240 - RM2,401 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 22
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“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.”
 of 5 bubbles kerry_hood, 4 Nov 2016 | Read review
“Two bed family suites ideal if travelling with young children.”
 of 5 bubbles SCD82, 4 Nov 2016 | Read review
“Don't get a room under the restaurant if you want to sleep.”
 of 5 bubbles xxxfirefairyxxx, 11 Aug 2016 | Read review
“Ask for the room with private balcony.”
  • Catania view
  • simple, very nice double room
 of 5 bubbles patiria, 13 Jul 2016 | Read review
“Rooms on the front of the building have great views down to Catania and beyond - even from the Bathrooms!”
  • Daytime view down to Catania and beyond!
  • Stunning nightime view from our room
 of 5 bubbles Simon33333, 7 Nov 2015 | Read review
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