Italy // Campania //

Mountain views without the effort

If you want to look down across the whole Bay of Naples but don’t fancy sweating your way up Vesuvius, head a few kilometres further around the bay to Castellammare di Stabia. Here you can take a funivia or cable car up to the top of 1100m-high Monte Faito (daily every 20–30min: mid-June to Aug 7.25am–7.15pm; Sept to mid-June 9.35am–4.25pm; €7.60 return, children €2.90, July & Aug & Sun €8.20), only an eight-minute journey but even so definitely not for those of a delicate disposition, giving increasingly stupendous views of the bay and of the deepening gulf between you and the tree-filled hillside below. At the top, there are a couple of bars selling drinks and sandwiches, and if you really can’t face the trip down, it’s comforting to know that several roads meet here and there’s a Circumvesuviana bus-stop nearby.