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Circumetnea Railway

Taormina, Sicily, Italy
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Type: Scenic Railroads
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Wellington, New Zealand
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2014 NEW

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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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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Atherstone, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 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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Exeter, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 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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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2014

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

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Brighton, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 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... More

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 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... More

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Manchester England
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 13, 2014

We stayed in Syracuse and expected it to be easy to find out all about the Circumetna from Tourist Information. Unfortunately, the tourism office on Via Roma know very little about it. There wasn’t a leaflet with times to be had. We took a chance and caught the train to the Giarre-Riposte end of the railway. We were fortunate that... More

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Bristol, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2014

We did this from Raddazo to Adrano as part of an organized trip to Etna which was the easy option as organising it yourself may be tricky especially if you don't have a car. We were travelling anticlockwise with Etna on the left but it doesn't really matter which side you sit as the views into the mountains the other... More

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Wallasey
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2014

If you are staying in Taormina then get the bus to a stop on the Circulare and see the huge variety of plant life in amazing drifts on the route around Mount Etna. Lunch in the volcanic town of Randazzo or get off, further along, at Bronte, once owned by Lord Nelson. You will not be alone as this little... More

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