For a spectacular view over the whole of the Bay of Naples, take the funivia or cable car up to the summit of 1150m-high Monte Faito. While the cable car has been closed for many years (check the latest update with Castellammare di Stabia’s tourist office; t081 872 8424), when it reopens, it’s 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 beech-covered hillside below. At the top, a couple of bars sell drinks and sandwiches, and if you can’t face the trip down, it’s comforting to know that several roads meet here and there’s a Circumvesuviana bus-stop nearby (linking to the Vico Equense station) – though it’s debatable which is the more hair-raising ride.

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