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Circumetnea Railway

Taormina, Sicily, Italy
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Ranked #16 of 28 attractions in Taormina
Type: Scenic Railroads
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Valletta, Malta
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2014

I will be visiting Taormina on 20 April 2014, Easter Sunday. On Monday, 21 April 2014 I wish to go to Catania by using the Ferrovia Circumetnea. So is it possible to go from Taormina early Monday morning by bus to Giarre and then use the Ferrovia Circumetnea? How can I confirm that the Ferrovia Circumetnea will be working on... More

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Michigan
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44 attraction reviews
81 helpful votes 81 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed April 2, 2014

We did not make this trip, even though my companoion and I spent 10 days, just to the North, in Taorrmina and we have been in Ionian Sicily, as well, last year. We did, over the course of two days, spend several hours on-line, attempting to obtain needful rail and bus connections to make a "circumnavigation" of Etna on this... More

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Catania, Italy
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34 reviews 34 reviews
12 attraction reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 23, 2013

The railway is definitely worth going for to enjoy wonderful views on Etna. However, it's not an easy task for a tourist to find any information in English. The trains are pretty old but run according to the schedule and are clean, I actually liked the 'retro' effect of the old train. One minus for me is that it does... More

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pied a terre in Sussex
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21 reviews 21 reviews
8 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed October 26, 2013

We did this trip a few years ago and though not particularly user friendly was possible. We attempted it again this year and the time table simply didn't work. What a shame. It was a wonderful experience before.

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Pinner Middlesex
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7 attraction reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 6, 2013

My wife and I traveled from Taormina Giardini railway station (we had to walk there from Mazzaro because buses are so unreliable) to Catania Centrale from where we traveled to Catania Borgo by Metro - cost 1 Euro, the Circumetnea railway station is just across the road. We traveled the whole journey to Giarre Riposto from where we traveled back... More

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Bristol, United Kingdom
1 review
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2013

Spent a day exploring the area around Etna via the little train. There was virtually no info on the leaflet given with the ticket just photos but no information to tell you which stop to get off to look at the views in the pictures. The train doesn't actually get as near to the top as I thought it would... More

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Island of Malta, Malta
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2013

We took the Circumetnea from Catania Borgo to Adrano. Trip was very interesting going through villages around Etna. Train was punctual and even though it was a very hot day, the ride was very pleasant!

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Oslo
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8 reviews 8 reviews
4 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2013

My girlfriend and I set out on this train trip around Etna believing that we could link up with a bus/car service further up towards the summit. This proved to be more difficult than expected, so we sorta had to change the plans along the the way, but nevertheless, we had a pleasant two and a half hours on the... More

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Paris
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53 reviews 53 reviews
7 attraction reviews
45 helpful votes 45 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2013

My wife being afraid of heights, we couldn't take the cable car at Sapienza so we thought of enjoying the etna and the scenery around it by taking the train. Given the hot summer days, we took the 7:51 train at Catania Borgo train station (not the main train station! you can take the subway from there). It arrives at... More

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Manchester
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31 reviews 31 reviews
18 attraction reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2013

This is like a toy train set run by grown men. We picked up the train at mid day from Giarre de Riposta. This means not heading into Catania and crossing the city. The trip up the winding track up Etna is breath taking, windows down, a nice breeze and scenery to die for . So few tourists , I... More

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