Five stunning rail routes – Sawdays
Ursino Roof Graden has been published on Sawday’s route.
“The boxy old engines of the Ferrovia Circumetnea hardly look up to the climb through the thick black lava flows and deep gullies of Etna’s ragged landscape and indeed, the journey time can vary dramatically depending on the weather. If you set out to the west, the circular route carries you up onto the Maletto Plateau, where you look down to the cratered landscape and up to ever-changing views of the volcano’s higher reaches. At Randazzo, change for Riposto and as you approach the sea, the landscape softens into orange groves and vineyards thriving in the rich volcanic soil. One used by farmers to access higher fields, the railway is still more than a tourist attraction and you’ll see locals hopping on and off to travel between the towns. Your ticket entitles you to do the same, with many worthwhile stops available along the way. Jump out at Bronte to see some of the most dramatic lava flows, linger in Randazzo if the food market is on, or stop among the pistachio plantations and sun-bleached towns scattered across the slopes.”
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