The Train and the Territory
The highest active volcano in Europe, it is considered by its inhabitants as a “fertile and generous woman” who daily gives fruits and natural spectacles. Recently recognized as a World Heritage Site, the Etna volcano allows intense human activity along its slopes: agriculture, livestock, tourism, sports, food and wine, scientific, naturalistic and volcanological interests.
Etna overlooks the territory of the vineyards in the San Lorenzo and Campo Rè districts, located at 765 meters above sea level, on the last lava bank of a prehistoric flow.
The volcanic territory is the result of a geological event that lasted about 500,000 years, and gives the wines produced in this area an exceptional mineral component that makes them structured, elegant and full-bodied, well prepared for aging.
The DOC ETNA
Established in 1968, it is one of the oldest in Italy. Its territory embraces the volcano, with the exception of the western side, in an altitude range ranging from 400 to 1000 m a.s.l. The four slopes included in the Doc differ considerably from each other in terms of exposure, position, altitude, age and mineral composition of the soils. The territory is strongly influenced by the altitude variation, by the ventilation, by the exposure and by the influence of the Ionian Sea, generating unique and diversified microclimates for each Etna district.
The estate falls within the territory of Randazzo, the only Etnean city built in the Middle Ages of which it still retains the characteristic architecture and ancient walls. The numerous churches and bell towers that tell of the succession of dominations over the territory have in the past made it deserve the nickname of “The City of 100 Churches”.
The natural parks: the territory of Randazzo falls into 3 natural parks: Etna Park, Alcantara River Park and Nebrodi Park, thus offering the embarrassment of choice among the numerous naturalistic excursions during the seasons.
Live a Unique experience
The recent restoration of the small station located in the San Lorenzo district, located between the rows of the estate, allows you to stop directly at the company, crossing the changing Etna landscapes that follow one another among rural villages, old vineyards, olive groves and lava flows.
The Circumetnea railway was inaugurated at the end of the nineteenth century and carried out the first runs with steam locomotives which were subsequently replaced by diesel ones still in operation today. Originally designed to facilitate the transport of goods from Etna to the main seaports of Catania and Riposto, it was subsequently adapted to the transport of passengers and today represents an extraordinary potential for sustainable tourism. The traditional train, crossing landscapes and villages around the volcano, connects the cities of Catania and Riposto with the most evocative Etna places, climbing from the sea up to a thousand meters above sea level and then returning to the sea; crossing every variety of orchards, pistachio groves, ficodindieti, olive groves, vineyards and lava flows it is possible to admire the original bridges and tunnels in lava stone built along the 120 km of railway line.
REACH THE COMPANY ON BOARD OF THE HISTORICAL “LITTORINA” OF THE FCE
The ancient “Littorina”, crossing the changing Etna landscapes that follow one another among rural villages, old vineyards, olive groves and lava flows, stops at the “San Lorenzo” station located between the rows of the Camporè company.