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How to get to Etna by public transport for the excursion to 3000 meters

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Useful information on how to get to Rifugio Sapienza without a car


Our excursions departing from Rifugio Sapienza are starting at 8:30 AM. Consequently, the buses of the AST company departing from Catania at 8:00 AM, do not allow you to arrive on time, moreover in the winter period, they could also have problems getting up to high altitudes, due to the possible presence of snow or ice along the road.

The excursion that we perform daily from Etna Sud upon reaching a minimum group of 6 participants is as follows: to 3000 meters excursion

The only way to reach the meeting point at 9:00 AM in time, by public transport, together with the help of our guides, is to take the AST bus at 7:00 AM from Catania to then arrive in Zafferana Etnea at 8:15 AM near the Donna Peppina bar in front of the mother church of the town. (ATTENTION: THIS TRANSPORT SERVICE OF THE COMPANY AST FROM CATANIA TO ZAFFERANA ETNEA IS NOT AVAILABLE ON SATURDAYS AND SUNDAYS)

At that point one of our guides will give you a lift to the starting point (availability for 4/5 people maximum and always ON REQUEST).

The web page, where you can get information about the AST bus arriving in Zafferana at 8:15 AM is this : from Catania to Zafferana Etnea by bus –  The departure of this bus is scheduled at 7:00 AM from the central station, here is the position 

About the equipments like: poles, helmets, jackets and shoes can be rented on site.


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