Driving around the base of Etna?

Sep 25th, 2014, 09:55 AM
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Driving around the base of Etna?

We will be based in Ortigia, thinking of renting a car and driving up around Etna. It looks like Randazzo might be interesting, are there other villages that are interesting? A winery or restaurant with a great view of Etna for lunch?
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Sep 25th, 2014, 11:50 AM
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I took the Circum Vesuviana narrow-gauge train around most of the base of the volcano and got off in Randazzo - yes a nice regional town - nothing great but very nice. The road pretty much follows the train line.
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Sep 25th, 2014, 02:38 PM
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Pal - I'm pretty sure that the circumvesuviana is in the Naples area.

What you are talking about is the circumetnea:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ferrovia_Circumetnea
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Yes I always mix those up - Circumetnea it tis - thanks for the correction (a lovely tiny non-touristed train - quaint as it rolled right thru the streets of several towns and thru vineuyards anchored in lava and lava flows, etc. Whether by car or train circling Etna is a unique thing
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Sep 25th, 2014, 03:28 PM
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I have done that and loved it !
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Sep 26th, 2014, 02:47 AM
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Sounds cool where do you get on the train? How long does it take to go around, do you get off or stay on the whole time?
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Sep 26th, 2014, 08:56 AM
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I got on the train in Catania - a separate station from the FS main station and got off in Randazzo because I started from Taormina so I took a bus back from Randazzo to Taormina - you could stay on the train till it hits the Catanian suburbs where you transfer to mainline trains.

for more on these trains try: www.ricksteves.com and www.budgeteuropetravel.com - think these two very informative sites cover this train which gets very little publicity and again is more a commuter train than tourist train - similar to the CircumVesuviana commuter train from Naples to Sorrento.
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