I am travelling to Taormina in three days and would like to do serious trekking to Mount Etna, the highest possible. I have read Vagabonda posts from which I conclude that these two are the top places according to what I want to do:
However, like most of us, I have no means to reach their starting point which is Piano Provenzana and Rifugio Sapienza respectively. Therefore my question: is there any means of public (or affordable private) transport to get either Piano Provenzana or Rifugio Sapienza from Taormina? if not, what about from Catania?
Eventually, any well known companies departing from Taormina and doing almost identical excursions like the ones above (not interested in wine tasting and all that)?
Last but not least, I found the one below on public transport from Catania to get Rifugio Sapienza but not sure whether this is still valid for Sept 2013. Would also appreciate any help on how to get Taormina to Piazza Giovanni in Catania (sorry, it's my first time in Sicily) ?
All information is more than welcome, many thanks in advance !
Grazzie a tutti !!