I've read various postings on tours from Taormina to Etna, but still not sure whether a public bus service runs from Taormina to the cable-car at Rifugio Sapienza. We're on a bit of a budget (yeah I know, Taormina's not the best place for that!!), and we don't especially like organised coach tours (involving 'retail opportunities', for example, on the way). Can we just get a public bus to and from Rifugio Sapienza , then get the cable-car and 4x4 jeep from there to visit Etna?? There are three of us and we're going in a week's time - very excited!