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Hotel in Etna or stay and extra night in Taormina

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Hotel in Etna or stay and extra night in Taormina

We will be spending a week on the sicilian coast in October. Catania, Taormina, and two nights on Vulcano. Are there any hotels very close to Etna. Should we just book another night in Taormina or Catania, and drive into the park in the morning?

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1. Re: Hotel in Etna or stay and extra night in Taormina

Any would work as a base for visiting Etna – Taormina, Catania, or a town around Etna.

Many stay in Taormina when visiting Etna because there are many excursions offered to Etna from Taormina, but with a car, you could certainly visit Etna on your own.

Taormina to Zafferana Etnea is 37km, and would take 00h35 to drive. Zafferana Etnea to Etna is another 27km and it takes about 00h43 to drive. The drive on Etna does take a long time – so Taormina really isn’t that close to Rifugio Sapienza.

You should not drive from Catania to Etna, because you really should not have a car in Catania – traffic and crime!

Nicolosi and Zafferana are the gateway towns for Etna.

Though gaining status as a mini-resort, Zafferana Etnea really lacks sterling accommodations.

La Giara B&B in Nicolosi would be an acceptable choice.


You could also stay at Tenuta San Michele in Santa Venerina. Tenuta San Michele is an agriturismo producing the famous Etna Murgo wines.

Agriturismo Tenuta San Michele:






There are several agriturismos around Etna.


If you don’t mind packing and moving, a night around the volcano could be interesting and offer an earlier start in the morning, but Taormina would work as well.

Catania should only be a consideration if you were to take public transportation or a tour.

There’s only one bus a day from Catania to Rifugio Sapienza, so that’s limiting.





Would you be departing from Catania’s airport the day following your visit to Etna?

If that were the case, you could stay at the very charming Castello D’Urso Somma B&B near the Catania airport and Lido di Plaia. This B&B would be convenient for visiting Etna and it's only 6 minutes from the airport.

Castello D’Urso Somma B&B:




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