Railing around Etna
16.02.2009 - 16.02.2009 4 °C
Walking past the main sights of ancient, baroque (destroyed and rebuilt in 1698, that's why) and Vincenzo Bellini Catania in the morning. Departing on the narrow gauge railway line in a rail bus from the Circumetnea station near Piazza Cavour. 6.75 € for the entire 110 km trip around the volcano from Catania to Giarre including a short stopover at Andrano and a rather long one in Randazzo later in the afternoon. Italians keep theit Siesta even at chilly winter temperatures (light snow on the ground beyond 800m); so there wasn't much to do or to see especially in Randazzo.
The train climbs up to 960m and on its journey passes vinyards, lavafields and ancient towns. There are no tourists around at this time of the year but this privately run railway line serves the population in some fairly remote villages on the foot of Etna.
At the final stop in Giarre down at the coast I spent considerable time waiting for the regular FS train back to Catania, as trains frequently late or services cancelled.
On the Circumetnea track in Adrano
Circumetnea terminal in Catania