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Circumetnea Railway

Via Caronda 352/A | Catania, 95128, Taormina, Sicily, Italy
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“catania borgo” (26 reviews)
“main line” (7 reviews)
“lava fields” (10 reviews)
Suggested Duration: More than 3 hours
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Via Caronda 352/A | Catania, 95128, Taormina, Sicily, Italy
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"catania borgo"
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"main line"
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"lava fields"
in 10 reviews
"caught the train"
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"rolling stock"
in 4 reviews
"change trains"
in 4 reviews
"orange groves"
in 3 reviews
"validate your ticket"
in 3 reviews
"single car"
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"twists and turns"
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"ticket machine"
in 4 reviews
"rail car"
in 2 reviews
"metro service"
in 2 reviews
"trenitalia station"
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"school children"
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"villages and towns"
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"hour ride"
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

As we took ages to find thr station and get parked we missed the train going all thr way round and had to settle for a shorter journey to Adrano. However we got the obligatory views of Etna before the cloud hid it. Adeano staion...More

Thank Teuchter_11
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Reviewed 7 June 2018

It's remarkable that such a narrow gauge line has survived to the present day and is well worth a ride. Fares (for someone from the UK) are remarkable value at just over £7.00 for more than three hours of travel. The downside is that the...More

3  Thank MartynH1960
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Reviewed 6 June 2018

The start station Catania Borgo is up a hill and out of main Catania town; 45 minutes walk. The train arrived on time and was comfortable although a little dated. It is a normal public transport train for this area of Catania, it is not...More

1  Thank Ali M
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Reviewed 4 June 2018 via mobile

Getting to Catania-Borgo station is easy, parking your car is totally different story. Yes, you can get there by metro. But not from our hotel. We missed the train and had to take one train later. This train was a modern train with AC. Not...More

2  Thank Leapfrog1965
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Reviewed 18 May 2018

We took the 11.30 train from Catania Borgo (took about 30 minutes to walk from centre Catania, but it's next to the metro station). 7 Euros for ticket to Riposto (the end of the line). We had to stop off at Randazzo as same train...More

2  Thank Linda G
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Reviewed 5 May 2018

Got the anti-clockwise train from GIarre. Station and ticketing procedure a bit ramshackle, as was the train when it arrived. A fascinating glimpse of life on the slopes of the volcano with vineyards, orange groves and wild fennel growing everywhere. Etna's upper slopes were a...More

3  Thank AgentC53
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Reviewed 30 April 2018 via mobile

Go counterclockwise and sit on the left side of the train car. Start from Trenitalia Giarre-Riposto station, then follow the signs to the little, run-down FCE station. It’s also easy to find on Google Maps (or the excellent Maps.me app for those of us who...More

3  Thank Frank P
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Reviewed 3 April 2018

A fascinating journey, through lava field, orange groves and small towns, the most intriguing were the underground stations worthy of the metro in small towns a ong way from Catania. A trip to be reccommended

1  Thank Rachel H
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Reviewed 25 March 2018

Caught the train from Catania and travelled through to end (Winter timetable). Very much used by the local folk on a daily basis, nice to get chatting to locals. Spectacular scenery, surprising go through quite a few underground stations. Well worth a trip

1  Thank JanetandDavid20
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Reviewed 8 March 2018

I love those old-style and fun trains, I made it on our first day after arrival. We took the 11AM modern train from Catania to Randazzo where we had a connection time of 3 hours and then finished in the evening in Giarre to return...More

2  Thank Ogy_Kovachev
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st11g
1 May 2018|
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Response from Samcat1 | Reviewed this property |
It was warm in Catania in December -- 65-70F. The Mediterranean sun kept things warm(ish) even with the cooler winds blowing from the sea. I needed a windbreaker in the mornings and evenings. When you get closer to Mt Etna... More
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Haydn J
4 April 2018|
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Response from Samcat1 | Reviewed this property |
I think I found the timetable on the internet and at the station. You need to buy the ticket for this train at the Circumetnea stations. I was directed to newsstands and tabbacci but none of them had tickets specifically for... More
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Kerry H
8 January 2018|
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WE were given a time table at the station and it seemed the train ran every hour and a half more or less until lunch time. there is a gap of a few hours in the afternoon. It stops at several stations on the way up. We... More
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