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Circumetnea Railway

Taormina, Sicily, Italy
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Ranked #15 of 28 attractions in Taormina
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Type: Scenic Railroads
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Atherstone, United Kingdom
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43 reviews 43 reviews
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180 helpful votes 180 helpful votes
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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6 reviews 6 reviews
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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
18 reviews 18 reviews
12 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 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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37 reviews 37 reviews
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23 helpful votes 23 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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8 reviews 8 reviews
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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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29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
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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7 reviews 7 reviews
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
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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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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Swansea, UK
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2014

I read many of the reviews on Trip Adviser before going to Sicily. If you plan to visit Catania and want to see Etna the Circumetnea Railway is a great way of doing it, as you get many excellent views of the volcano from the train and also get to see all the changes in flora and fauna that change... More

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Stafford, United Kingdom
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8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2014

We managed to download a timetable before we left England, and it was very useful. We travelled from Riposto to Randazzo and back again. We got chatting to one of the engineers at Riposto, who had lived in England and was very funny and informative. The little train is like travelling back in time and is full of character. The... More

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