As the name suggests, the 110-kilometre (68-mile) line follows a route which almost completely encircles the Mount Etna volcano. From its terminal in Catania the line starts off westward and loops around Mount Etna in a clockwise direction (as seen on the map), eventually reaching the other terminal at the seaside town of Riposto, approximately 28 kilometres (17 miles) northeast of Catania.
The original terminal was at Catania Porto, although Catania Central (the mainline station) was the last stop for the trains. However, in the 1990s the section from there to Catania Borgo (4 kilometres (2.5 miles) long) was converted to standard gauge and moved underground for most of its length for use as a new metro (Metropolitana di Catania). The original terminus, the Porto station, was also reinstated. Therefore, the Circumetnea trains now terminate at Catania Borgo.
The Ferrovia Circumetnea (FCE) also operates the Metropolitana. The offices for both are at Catania Borgo.
- "Ferrovia Circumetnea orders more Vulcano DMUs". Railway Gazette. 4 December 2017. Retrieved 8 December 2017.
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- Official Website (mostly in Italian; English, French and non-flash versions undermaintained)
- High quality photos of FCE rolling stock
- Circumetnea picture gallery on TrainsPictures.com