Where we are
The Rifugio Ariel is a warm and friendly place situated amongst a pine wood on Mount Etna. The rifugio is built in the Park of Etna at the height of 1700 meters, one of the most beautiful parts of all Etna. Other than this it is situated only 4 Km from the ski slopes, while the slope of Demanio starts at 200 meters from our door . Thanks to its position, the Rifugio Arial is the ideal place to relax, ride a mountain bike, go trekking or cross country skiing.
How to reach us
From Fontanarossa airport follow the signs for the Tangenziale towards Messina, then take the Gravina di Catania exit on to Nicolosi-Etna Sud (south).After 14Kms and 500 meters you will arrive at a junction, where you take the left turning and follow the signs for Rifugio Arial, after 800 meters take the left turning and then after 500 meters you will see us on the left.
From Catania: follow the signs to Nicolosi-Etna Sud.
The Rifugio Arial offers you the opportunity to hire the material for you excursions on the spot. We have 10 mountain bikes for hire and the possibility of coach tours. In the winter months it is possible to hire skis and snow rackets.
The Rifugio Arial has a typical mountain restaurant, pulse soups, vegetable soups, stews, polenta are our speciality. It is possible to book for lunch and dinner at the modest price of 20 Euro per person. The fixed menu consists of:
- Rustic Sicilian antipasta
- First course or soup
- Second course of meat
- Side dishes or salad
- Fruit and beverage
The Rifugio Arial proposes to prepare you for some guided tours on Etna which take place in natural, interesting places such as:
- visit the crater’s summit (to be booked)
- visit the 2001 crater
- visit Grotto Cassone and the nevaio casa del Vescovo
- visit the nature paths and the botanic garden of Santa Barbara
- visit the Astrophysic’s Observatory (to be booked)
- visit the acqua rocca of Zappino a unique spa of Etna
- visit Grotto del Gelo
As well as these we also offer personal excursions
Holiday package December 2008
Immacolata Bank Holiday
6 December: evening meal overnight stay.
7 December: breakfast, evening meal overnight stay.
8 December: breakfast and lunch € 130.-
23 December: evening meal and overnight stay.
24 December: breakfast, Christmas Eve dinner and overnight stay
25 December: breakfast, Christmas lunch, light dinner and over night stay.
26 December: breakfast and lunch € 240.-
New Year’s Eve
29 December: evening meal and overnight stay.
30 December: breakfast, evening meal and overnight stay.
31 December: breakfast, New year’s Eve dinner.
01 January: breakfast and lunch. € 270.-
For those who want to prolong their stay to dinner and overnight on the 01 January € 300.-
For the of New Year’s Eve night, there will be a torch light procession fireworks and vin brulee in front of the rifugio.
These prices are per person.
On booking, a deposit of 50% is required, to arrive within the following month.
This is the Rifugio Areal’s price list of 2008
| Found in the rooms|| |
| Bed and Breakfast|| € 30,00 |
| Half board|| € 48,00 |
| In camera doppia|| |
| Bed and Breakfast|| € 70,00|
| Half board|| € 106,00 |
telephone: 347 7147827 website: http://www.etnarifugioariel.com