Nicolosi (Province of Catania)

Hotel Refugio is located on the side of a spectacular mountain at an altitude of 2,000 m, leading to the summit of Mount Etna. Getting to the hotel is simple and exciting thanks to the cable car that stops a few meters away. The hotel serves as a starting point for a variety of hiking itineraries in and around the Etna volcano, offering breathtaking views and important historical and topographical sites.

The rural hotel offers a homely and warm atmosphere, which blends well with the snowy landscape seen through the windows. The interior design of the hotel and the rooms makes use of wooden furniture, parquet floors and soft and inviting lighting. Hotel guests also enjoy a drinks bar and a lounge room.

The chef’s restaurant operating in the hotel serves three meals a day: a rich breakfast buffet that includes a variety of fresh pastries, cakes, breads, fresh fruits and vegetables and more, and lunch and dinner à la carte. The restaurant specializes in local Sicilian cuisine and offers unforgettable dishes made from local ingredients of the highest quality – handmade pastas, pastries filled with goodness, selected dissected meats and wonderful desserts. The restaurant also serves a special brand of wine bearing the name of the hotel!

The rooms in the hotel

The hotel contains 24 pleasant and renovated guest rooms suitable for single travelers, couples, friends and families, up to 5 people. All rooms have a rustic design and offer free Wi-Fi connection, flat multi-channel TV, mini bar and a private bathroom with toiletries for guests to use.

From the windows of the rooms there is a spectacular view of the surroundings of the Etna volcano and during the winter days the guests enjoy a snowy view that makes the stay at the hotel even more special.

A variety of room types are available to guests:

Single rooms
Double rooms with a double bed / twin beds
Triple rooms for 3 guests (must specify accommodation preferences)
Accommodation units with two rooms for 4/5 guests
the hotel environment

The hotel enjoys a special location and offers many attractions a short distance from it, and even a commercial center with souvenir and jewelry shops a few tens of meters away. During the winter days, a ski resort operates near the hotel, inviting skiers from all over the world. During the summer you can enjoy the Mara Playa beach, which is a 40-minute drive from the hotel.

Interesting attractions such as the volcanic museum of Mount Etna, the botanical gardens of Nueva Guson, and more can be easily reached from the hotel. Families with children will be happy to go to the Ethnalans amusement and water park, which is 35 km from the hotel.

From the hotel you can go on guided tours to the Etna volcano, the nearby Monti Rossi mountains and more. The hotel staff will be happy to be at your service in organizing a hiking or cycling trip in the area, as well as recommendations on various routes.

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Address: Piazzale Rifugio Sapienza, 95030 Nicolosi CT, Italy