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Leaving the metro at Borga we soon found the fce. Tickets are very reasonable. The first section to Randazzo consists of urban sprawl; some lengthy underground sections but also excellent views of Etna, lava fields and valleys and mountains to the interior. A gap for...More
We parked our car for free at Riposto station and bought tickets for the 9.15am train to Randazzo, return, €6.30 per person. Only 6 of us on at the start. Th train soon filled up. Very pleasant journey around the lower flanks of Etna, great...More
As we took ages to find thr station and get parked we missed the train going all thr way round and had to settle for a shorter journey to Adrano. However we got the obligatory views of Etna before the cloud hid it. Adeano staion...More
It's remarkable that such a narrow gauge line has survived to the present day and is well worth a ride. Fares (for someone from the UK) are remarkable value at just over £7.00 for more than three hours of travel. The downside is that the...More
The start station Catania Borgo is up a hill and out of main Catania town; 45 minutes walk. The train arrived on time and was comfortable although a little dated. It is a normal public transport train for this area of Catania, it is not...More
Getting to Catania-Borgo station is easy, parking your car is totally different story. Yes, you can get there by metro. But not from our hotel.
We missed the train and had to take one train later. This train was a modern train with AC. Not...More
We took the 11.30 train from Catania Borgo (took about 30 minutes to walk from centre Catania, but it's next to the metro station). 7 Euros for ticket to Riposto (the end of the line). We had to stop off at Randazzo as same train...More
Got the anti-clockwise train from GIarre. Station and ticketing procedure a bit ramshackle, as was the train when it arrived. A fascinating glimpse of life on the slopes of the volcano with vineyards, orange groves and wild fennel growing everywhere. Etna's upper slopes were a...More
Go counterclockwise and sit on the left side of the train car.
Start from Trenitalia Giarre-Riposto station, then follow the signs to the little, run-down FCE station. It’s also easy to find on Google Maps (or the excellent Maps.me app for those of us who...More
It was warm in Catania in December -- 65-70F. The Mediterranean sun kept things warm(ish) even with the cooler winds blowing from the sea. I needed a windbreaker in the mornings and evenings. When you get closer to Mt Etna... More
It was warm in Catania in December -- 65-70F. The Mediterranean sun kept things warm(ish) even with the cooler winds blowing from the sea. I needed a windbreaker in the mornings and evenings. When you get closer to Mt Etna it gets chilly, meaning a good sweatshirt or light down jacket should keep you comfortable. Have fun!
I think I found the timetable on the internet and at the station. You need to buy the ticket for this train at the Circumetnea stations. I was directed to newsstands and tabbacci but none of them had tickets specifically for... More
I think I found the timetable on the internet and at the station. You need to buy the ticket for this train at the Circumetnea stations. I was directed to newsstands and tabbacci but none of them had tickets specifically for the Mt Etna Circumetnea. If you're taking the entire trip, be prepared to get off at some stations and pick up the next train to continue on. I was unaware of this. It was in the afternoon when the train stopped to pick up school children and then (essentially) went back to where I'd started. At an earlier stop the conductor told me to get off and wait but a different conductor did not. I traveled back to where I came from with a car of high school students who knew exactly what I'd done and found my situation humorous. I understood them because I speak Italian, something of which they were unaware until I commented upon their assessments of me!