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Driving the Etna Wine Route

After taking in Mt. Etna (we have aspirations to reach the Lower Silvestri Crater), we are planning to drive around wine country, then on to Naxos for a few nights. However, doing the route recommended in the book would mean we'd have to backtrack from Randazzo to Linguaglossa and then on to Giardini Naxos. Has anyone done the opposite direction? If so, using which roads/highways? We are considering heading west from the foot of Etna, eventually picking up S-284 and going through/near Adrano, Biancavilla, Bronte, Maletto and Randazzo (essentially following the Circumetnea railway route). The Blue Guide mentions some of these small towns, mostly in the context of agricultural production. We're not in a hurry, but I'd rather not spend hours and hours following farm equipment around. At Randazzo, we'd then pick up the suggested route and continuing through Linguaglossa until we reach E-45. From there, on to Naxos. Of course, all of this will depend on the weather. We've got a few days to play with should the weather not cooperate on the day we had hoped to make the trip (May 14).

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