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“Great as part of the day trip to Etna”

Circumetnea Railway
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Mount Etna and Alcantara Gorges Day Trip with Circumetnea Railway Ride
Ranked #28 of 104 things to do in Taormina
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Reviewed 18 July 2014

We enjoyed this trip to Etna and the railway was a good way to see more of the countryside and mountain

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Reviewed 16 July 2014

This is a cable car which serves a purpose. There is not much more to say except that it is cheap 3 euros and gets you from A to B

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Reviewed 28 June 2014

Before to go read the history of Randazzo and Bronte to know where you are going and what you want see

4  Thank Peter W
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Reviewed 26 June 2014

From Catania or Taormina in Eastern Sicily it is relatively easy to find the Circumetnea Train which is a small narrow-gauge private railway circumnavigating Mount Etna. Although attractive for tourists it is not a tourist attraction as such, but a working railway servicing the towns around Etna and used by local commuters, shoppers, school children etc. It is old-fashioned and a bit run down, but the journey itself gives you excellent views of Etna and the surrounding countryside.

From Catania you take the train from Borgo station (which can be reached by metro, or bus, or car/taxi). The eventual terminus is at Giarre-Riposto where you can either return the same way you came or take the mainline train back to Catania. NB the mainline station at Riposto is a different station a short walk from the Circumetnea terminus. En route you can hop on and hop off at any of the various stops. We got off at Randazzo and found our way to the restaurant La Bifora for a very good meal. (See separate report).

The trip around Etna (Catania to Riposto) takes about three hours, so all in all it is a day outing and well worth it. The fare itself is not expensive.

NB the timetable is online but takes a bit of finding - try www.circumetnea.it/public/FerroviaInv1213.pdf

13  Thank Lewes1940
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Reviewed 21 June 2014

My wife had been talking about this railway trip before we arrived in Sicily so it was on our 'must' list. In retrospect, we needn't have bothered. Most people's description of the trip have them starting from Catania Borgo station; when I checked the timetable, I saw that it would be better if we took an ordinary train from Catania main station to Giarre (train leaves at 7:49 am, takes 20 minutes and costs 2.85 euro), disembark there then walk the hundred metres to the Circumetnea railway station in time to catch the train leaving for Randazzo at 8:53. The fare from Giarre back to Catania is 7.75 euro.

The ride from Giarre to Randazzo takes about an hour and is very interesting. At Randazzo, we disembarked and waited for about ten minutes for another train to continue the journey back to Catania.

This second part of the journey was much less interesting and fortunately the train ride finished abruptly at the Adano station, when we were told to get off the train and continue on a bus. We were quite pleased at this as the bus was air-conditioned and had comfortable seats. Unfortunately, after about half an hour on the bus, we were dropped off at another station and rejoined the train for a boring ride back into Catania. The journey from Randazzo to Catania would normally take two hours.

My recommendation: if you want to take this ride, go on a normal train to Giarre, ride from there to Randazzo then ride back to Giarre and from there to Catania.

8  Thank Noam N
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