Monday, February 11, 2013
round Etna by train
This train system and route is over a hundred years old. It goes most of the way around Etna from Catania to Giarre (or any point inbetween) and makes for a fun day trip on the weekend. The tracks are set more closely than those of trains connecting the various towns and cities such as Rome and Catania to one another ... which has helped keep the Etna train independent. Originally it was set up as a way to allow people to access their out-lying plots and the engineer will still stop in the middle of nowhere to pick up some one who is returning home after working in the fields. Generally there are only one or two carriages per train.
Here it is pulling into the Catania station to start a new run.