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Circumetnea Railway

Taormina, Sicily, Italy
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Type: Scenic Railroads
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Sussex
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16 reviews 16 reviews
3 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 2014 NEW

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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3 helpful votes 3 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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Nykoebing, Denmark
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15 attraction reviews
41 helpful votes 41 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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London, England
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35 reviews 35 reviews
4 attraction reviews
59 helpful votes 59 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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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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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 attraction reviews
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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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16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
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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38 reviews 38 reviews
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33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
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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