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Circumetnea Railway

Taormina, Italy
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Rod B wrote a review Jan 2020
Barwon Heads, Australia198 contributions121 helpful votes
Some important points: - not all trains 'go the distance' make sure you're on one that goes all the way to Riposto - some stop at Randazzo or Adrano. Follow-on trains can be some time - Sometimes there are track works that prevent trains from 'going the distance' - if it's overcast, you probably won't see much of Etna With these qualifications, it was a fun experience and is only a few Euros.
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Date of experience: January 2020
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Swetrat wrote a review Dec 2019
Portsmouth, United Kingdom838 contributions223 helpful votes
We decided to do the journey in a clockwise direction from Catania Borgo - accessing the latter via the Catania Metro. You need to allow all day for this activity as the train travels at a stately pace and you need to allow for connections at Randazzo which sometimes require completion of the circuit by bus. The views of Mount Etna and its surrounding volcanic landscape are ever changing and memorable and the trip represents fantastic value for money. It's essential to check Randazzo connections when planning your trip and also to remember to get off the train at the penultimate stop (Riposto-Giarre) to pick up the Trenitalia service back to Catania Centrale.
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Date of experience: October 2019
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Randall W wrote a review Nov 2019
Floyd, Virginia3 contributions1 helpful vote
Clumsy logistics--had to take a subway from the Plan A start to the Plan B. Actual ride was high tourism to me.
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Date of experience: September 2019
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JABDover wrote a review Nov 2019
Dover, United Kingdom54 contributions56 helpful votes
We wanted to do the whole circuit in order to experience the different types of countryside. However, I have to say that it was something of a disappointment, and a long journey at three & a half hours. You need to realise that, if you wish to travel on a train rather than a bus, the journey must be done in the anticlockwise direction, starting at Riposto; this is because the only train leaves Riposto at 09h15 and returns from Randazzo at 12h29. The first part from Riposto to Randazzo is beautiful. There is not a lot to do in Randazzo although we managed to while away the two hours until the next train in the Catania direction. We also got off at Bronte, but there is even less to do there given that the station is at the top of a hill and therefore you need to take a taxi in order to give yourself enough time to appreciate the town, unless you want to wait three hours for the next train. The rest of the journey was rather tedious, the outskirts of Catania seeming to go on forever. I would recommend Riposto to Randazzo and return unless you have a lot of stamina!
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Date of experience: October 2019
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Jon O wrote a review Nov 2019
Iowa City2 contributions2 helpful votes
Like many things in Italy, the advertising was not exactly what was offered. Yes the train did stop in Randazzo, but only allowed about 30 minutes for "sightseeing", nothing much is near the station so you would need more time to see the town. If you missed the 30 minute mark you could continue the trip... by bus! The views of Etna are interesting if not spectacular (make sure you are on the "upslope" part of the train). Surrounding foothills are dry, and drab more than picturesque. The train's brakes also squeal noisily when going downhill. Make sure to get off at the second to the last stop at the end if connecting to Catania via Trenitalia, if you wait until the end of the line you will have to walk about 15 minutes back through the town to the station.
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Date of experience: November 2019
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