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Regulating Tourist Bus Access in Nicolosi: LTZ BUS

05 March 2023
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Regulating Tourist Bus Access in Nicolosi: LTZ BUS

Nicolosi, a small town in Sicily, Italy, is a popular destination for tourists visiting the Mount Etna volcano. To manage traffic in the town and ensure a smooth flow of visitors, the municipality of Nicolosi has established a Limited Traffic Zone (ZTL) for tourist buses in the Nicolosi Nord – Etna Sud area.

In this zone, tourist buses are required to obtain a permit and pay a fee to access the area. In this article, we will provide details on the ZTL regulations, fees, exemptions, safety measures, and timetable to help tourists and tour operators navigate the system effectively.

The Municipality of Nicolosi has activated a ZTL (Limited Traffic Zone) for tourist buses in the Nicolosi Nord - Etna Sud area. Near Rifugio Sapienza, there is the Etna Bus Point, where bus drivers must go to obtain a ZTL permit for tourist buses. The permit grants a parking space and requires the payment of a specific fee.

Tariffs

The fees for the ZTL permit vary depending on the type of bus and the Euro class to which it belongs. Specifically:

  1. Ordinary tourist bus (vehicles with more than 9 seats)
  • €20.00 — Euro V and higher
  • €30.00 — Lower than Euro V
  1. Ordinary tourist bus (vehicles with more than 9 seats) directed to accommodation facilities (hotels, B&Bs, etc.) within the municipality
  • €10.00 — Euro V and higher
  • €15.00 — Lower than Euro V
  1. Tourist bus used for school trips
  • €10.00 — Euro V and higher
  • €15.00 — Lower than Euro V
  1. Ordinary tourist bus (vehicles with more than 9 seats) parked for at least 1 hour in the historic center of Nicolosi, attested through a certification from the VV.UU. Command
  • €10.00 — Euro V and higher
  • €15.00 — Lower than Euro V
  1. Camper and Caravan
  • €13.00 — Euro V and higher
  • €18.00 — Lower than Euro V

Exemptions

The following categories are exempt from paying the ZTL fee:

  • Regular buses
  • School buses transporting students from the Municipality of Nicolosi
  • Buses serving the armed forces and the police
  • Buses serving disabled people
  • Buses serving students of schools located in the territory of the Sicilian Region
  • Buses transporting members of Sports Societies of the Province of Catania and sports federations
  • Minibuses owned by the Funivia dell'Etna company when empty or when transporting tourists along the itinerary from the starting station of the cable car to the top areas of the volcano
  • Buses transporting associations and groups involved in initiatives, shows, sports events, and manifestations promoted or sponsored by the Municipality of Nicolosi, with prior authorization from the Municipality itself

Safety

At the "Etna Bus Point" municipal service center, bus drivers, camper, and caravan drivers must go to obtain a parking space. Tourists and passengers on board the vehicle must also be informed of the parking space in case of emergencies. The ZTL fee must also be paid at the center.

Hours

The ZTL is valid every day according to the following schedule:

  • From April 1st to October 31st: 8:00 am - 8:00 pm
  • From December 1st to March 31st: 8:00 am - 4:00 pm

During nighttime hours from 8:00 pm to 8:00 am of the following day, parking of tourist buses in the entire Nicolosi Nord area is prohibited, except for those transporting tourists staying in accommodation facilities in the same area. In November, the ZTL is suspended.

Contacts and useful links

  • Official page
  • e-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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