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Address: Via Caronda 352/A | Catania, 95128 Taormina, Sicily, Italy
Phone Number: 095 541 111
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Interesting and well worth the effort, if a bit long

I'd say this is an absolute must-do if you're staying here, but be prepared for a long train journey with few toilet breaks. The journey takes you through beautiful countryside... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed April 18, 2015
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 137 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 11, 2015

This is a 3 hours ride around the Etna in a small diesel train, starting from Catania. A great way to see the volcano on all its sides. The ride finishes towards the sea in the small city of Riposto, where I recommend the restaurant Marricriu ( see separate review). The train is very busy at the start, because it... More 

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2015

Don't miss this "blast from the past" train (no luxuries, no toilet) but it is a wonderful way of viewing the amazing Mt Etna and the landscape just below this still active volcano. In Spring we saw luxuriant pistachio trees and a whole variety of plants thanks to the rich volcanic soil. The train is slow enough to be able... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2015

I'd say this is an absolute must-do if you're staying here, but be prepared for a long train journey with few toilet breaks. The journey takes you through beautiful countryside with magnificent views of Etna and the surrounding hills. Nearer to Catania though, you'll go through more built up areas. There are thousands of cactuses which apparently flower magnificently but... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014

We went in the afternoon from Catania. By the time we got to Rangazzo it was dark, so we just took the next train back. It would be better to go early in the day, then stay over, then continue on to Taormina.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 2014

We bought return tickets - very cheap - from Catania Borgo (at the top of Via Etnea) to Randazzo and found the little 2 carriage train charming, if a little noisy. It was busy with locals for the first part of the journey but thinned out as we left the suburbs and then outlying towns behind. Lovely views of the... More 

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Lausanne, Switzerland
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 1, 2014

One of the best narrow gauge railway in Italy the round of the Volcano Etna from Catania Borgo to Giare via Randazzo and for railway entousiast they are some old diesel railcar from 1965 and before (Littorine)

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 55 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2014

We decided to take the tour from our hotel in Giardini Naxos to end up in Bronte- and back. This takes all day. We took the train from Naxos train station and bought return tickets to Giarre/Risposto. Outgoing we were waiting one hour in Randazzo to change train, and again abt one hour in Risposto to get the circumetnea small... More 

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 84 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2014

We wanted to see this part of the island around Etna before travelling up to Messina to depart for mainland Italy. We left Syracuse at approx. 8.30 for the train to Catania. At the main station in Catania, you need to buy a ticket for the metro - which you get from a booth in the bus station, just outside... More 

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Wellington, New Zealand
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2014

I found the Circumetnea railway well worth the €7.25 fare. The little train is a bit antique and has natural air-conditioning (ie. windows that open) but is comfortable enough. It provides the opportunity to see the varying topography and human geography as well as the changing profile of Etna itself, one of the world's great active volcanoes, in a matter... More 

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Long Island, New York
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2014

This train was hot, old, and rickety. There were no great sites to see from the train, and it took an hour to go from Randazzo to the bus that was taking us to Mt. Etna. We went on the train as part of the tour and it ruined the tour for us. There should be a warning to stay... More 

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Address: Address: Via Caronda 352/A | Catania, 95128 Taormina, Sicily, Italy
Phone Number: 095 541 111
Location: Europe  >  Italy  >  Sicily  >  Province of Messina  >  Taormina

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