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Catania Metropolitana Map

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New train at Porto stationCatania is situated on the eastern shore of Sicily and has 370,000 inhabitants (700,000 in the metropolitan area)

The Metropolitana di Catania opened on 27 June 1999 between Borgo and Porto:

3.8 km, 6 stations, 1435 mm gauge

The metro runs underground between Borgo and Piazza Galatea, then on the surface on a single-track line along the coast to the Catania Centrale railway station (FS) and further south to the harbour (Porto). The underground alignment actually replaced a surface route built in 1895.

Finally, in December 2016, an underground branch was completed to serve the city centre at Stesicoro. While the former stop at the railway station was permanently closed (now served by Giovanni XXIII station), the branch to Porto will reopen together with the northwestern extension to Nesima in 2017.

The Metropolitana is operated by Ferrovia Circumetnea which also runs a narrow-gauge diesel line from Borgo westwards around the Etna volcano and back to the coast at Riposto (113 km).


27 June 1999: Borgo - Porto
20 Dec 2016: Galatea - Stesicoro

Stazione F.S. Stazione F.S. Stazione F.S. Inside metro train Metro approaching Porto station
Photos (1-3) © Volker Thrun


From Stesicoro the line will eventually reach the airport in the south of the city.

From Borgo towards the west, an extension is under construction to create a fast and frequent link to S. Nullo, Nesima and Misterbianco. The first section will have four stations: Milo, Cibali, S.Nullo and Nesima (2016). In 2015, construction started on the following section including Fontana and Monte Po stations (2017). The metro line will eventually reach Paterṇ. The Circumetnea will gradually be cut back and the surface alignment through the built-up area will be abandoned.


FCE - Ferrovia Circumetnea (Official Site)

AMT- Azienda Municipale di Trasporti

CityRailways Italian Metro News

Metropolitana di Catania by Andrea Tartaglia

Metropolitana di Catania by Andrea Russo

Metro Catania at Wikipedia.it

Driver's cab © Andrea Russo Porto terminus © Andrea Russo Inside new metro car © Andrea Russo Borgo station entrance © Andrea Russo Recicle bin in station © Andrea Russo Borgo station
Photos © (1-5) Andrea Russo


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