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Circumetnea Railway

Via Caronda 352/A | Catania, 95128, Taormina, Sicily, Italy
+39 095 541111
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Mount Etna and Alcantara Gorges Day Trip with Circumetnea Railway Ride
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Via Caronda 352/A | Catania, 95128, Taormina, Sicily, Italy

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

My wife and I love taking trains through Europe and no trip in Italy isn't complete without riding the Ferroriva Circumetnea Railroad to the base of Mt. Etna. We boarded the train in Catania and ironically, it was RIGHT BEHIND OUR HOTEL...Boutique Hotel La Vecchia...More

Thank justthatgoodguyjim
Reviewed 11 December 2017

As others have stated, the views are awe-inspiring, even when the clouds are thick. From Borgo to Riposto was €7.90. My hotel is near the Duomo so I thought I could buy a ticket for the trip beforehand but discovered at newsstands and tabbacci that...More

Thank Samcat1
Reviewed 20 November 2017

Most of the passengers seemed to be locals going and coming from their homes, schools, and workplaces. In the old train you can let down the window to take better photographs. It is a well run operation. The Borgo train station was not marked on...More

1  Thank Bill E
Reviewed 9 November 2017 via mobile

This was best of Catania. Found Circumetnes quite easily. At the metro station Borgo. It was quite cheap. Around 15 euro per person to Randazzo. The timetable changed for the winter season. Do stay to the window facing the mountain to fully enjoy its architectural...More

Thank Carmen D
Reviewed 29 October 2017

If you are staying in Catania, you can walk to the Circumetnea station. It's just off Via Etna. Look for it behind the underground metro station. The fare is cheap, about six euros. That will get you most of the way around. Then, to return...More

1  Thank NoliesNanaimo
Reviewed 19 October 2017 via mobile

We got on the old train at Giarre and the first leg climbing was nice. After Randazzo where we changed trains the view became spectacular because we could see the effects of the latest eruptions. When we got nearer to Catania it became less interesting....More

Thank Kees S
Reviewed 16 October 2017

I took the recommendation of Mats L and did the trip anti-clockwise as the timetable seemed to work better that way. I took the train from Catania Centrale to Giarre-Riposto. As I had a bit of time I walked down to the FCE Riposto station...More

1  Thank LondonKiwi
Reviewed 12 October 2017

My dad planned this excursion and is helping with this review. We took a taxi (20 Euro one way) from our hotel to the Taormina train station. We then took a train to the Giarre-Riposto station - remember to validate your ticket on the platform....More

4  Thank ginals
Reviewed 8 October 2017 via mobile

Having visited Catania a few years back I wanted to experience this journey through the little villages and towns near Mount Etna. I managed to convince my husband to come with me, as he is scared of heights. The train twists and turns through the...More

1  Thank Diane149
Reviewed 26 September 2017 via mobile

We used our last full day (of our 9 day Sicily holiday), a Monday, to travel from Borgo (Catania) to Randazzo really just for the trip rather than the destination. I'm a seasoned independent traveller and good with I.T. but try as I may I...More

6  Thank bucketlistman2014
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Kerry H
8 January 2018|
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Response from Picanya60 |
WE were given a time table at the station and it seemed the train ran every hour and a half more or less until lunch time. there is a gap of a few hours in the afternoon. It stops at several stations on the way up. We... More
12 September 2017|
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Response from Warringtonian | Reviewed this property |
And where it's in tunnel, on the old surface route you mostly saw the backs of houses. Still more interesting than the tunnels... You can use google earth to see where it used to go!
Adrian K
8 April 2017|
Response from Steffen T | Reviewed this property |
I think it goes a handful of times per day. Time table not available online to my knowledge - perhaps in Italian. Check at the station is recommended