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Circumetnea Railway

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Address: Via Caronda 352/A | Catania, 95128, Taormina, Sicily, Italy
Phone Number: 095 541 111
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Mount Etna and Alcantara Gorges Day Trip with Circumetnea Railway Ride

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Slow down and relax with a wonderful train ride

It's easier than you think to take the Circumetnea Railway. And quite cheap too. But a bottle of water and a panino and a sweet roll, go to the station and get a ticket and jump... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed June 30, 2016
Lund, Sweden

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Ski Municipality, Norway
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

Took the train from Randazzo to Adrano and back. The train heading to Catania started on time but when we got to Adrano it was 15 minutes late. With that the train back to Randazzo was also late. The train takes you trough small villages and a wonderfull lanscape. Cheap and charming this traintrip will make memories for life. Well... More 

3 Thank Mattis A
Bergen, Norway
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2016 via mobile

The train were not running in accordance with the time table. We had to stay 3 hours in Randazzo to get back to Catania. We almost spent one full day on this project and that was far too much.

1 Thank Radvaeringen
Poole, United Kingdom
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7 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2016 via mobile

Staying in Giarre, we had this pencilled in as a little day trip. But on arriving at the station at Riposto/Giarre found all locked up and closed. There are seemingly problems between here and Randazzo. Some friendly and helpful young people with some english told us it broke last november and was not yet fixed, l think its a major... More 

2 Thank Jeff P
Lund, Sweden
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49 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2016

It's easier than you think to take the Circumetnea Railway. And quite cheap too. But a bottle of water and a panino and a sweet roll, go to the station and get a ticket and jump on the train. In Catania you can walk the main shopping street Via Etnea up the hill untill you come to the railway, then... More 

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Salisbury, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 31, 2016

We did this trip from Taormina- Giardini rail station. we went by train to Catania, took a taxi to the Ferrovia Circumetnea's station and then bough tickets to Giarre-Riposto. On the day we travelled it was a one car train leaving catania Borgo at 1126. Full of locals, schoolchildren and tourists, sometimes very full, and then quite empty. the train... More 

5 Thank Chapbillsmith
Canberra, Australia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2016

We were so lucky to do this journey, a real experience. We started on the local train from Catania Borgo to Bronte where we were able to transfer to a chartered restored, vintage rail car for the remainder of the run from Bronte to Linguaglossa. The Ferrovia rail company is to be congratulated on having the foresight to put resources... More 

1 Thank N0madOne
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2016

Hard to rate this as I didn't manage to travel on it, but as a train lover, I reckon I'd find it quite charming. My mum and I started off bright and early by taking a two-hour train ride from Siracusa to Giarre. My plan was to start from Giarre, stop in Randazzo and continue from there to Catania Borgo.... More 

5 Thank oranjeSinga
Wirral, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 1, 2016

Very pleasant relaxing scenic ride.Started in Catania Borgo station which is a fair walk and near Botanical garden area.We ended up with a coach taking us the last leg for 25 minutes to Riposto on the coast. I wondered when the last actual train did this Journey? Walking back to Gerre we then took the train to Taormina which was... More 

7 Thank David R
Linz, Austria
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7 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 25, 2015

We decided to take a trip on the Ferrovia Circumetnea on a Saturday. Due to the deluvian rainfalls a few days before, the latter half of the track (between Randazzo and Giarre) was not accessible; instead of taking the bus to Giarre we decided to just take the return trip on the train as well! It can get a little... More 

6 Thank Gunther S
Glasgow, United Kingdom
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54 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2015

We started this trip in Catania and finished in Giarre. We didn't get off the train in any of the villages as the times of the trains did not really allow us to do this. The journey was very good and the scenery was lovely.

4 Thank ann_24_05

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