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Great attraction in the Sorrento area - just reopened - Funivia del Monte Faito

Just a quick tip. The Funivia del Monte Faito reopened just a few weeks ago. We found out about it the day before we were leaving Sorrento and it was literally the hightlight of our trip.

This is probably the best cable car ride in Italy. It's amazing. You can get to it via the Circumvensuvia and it's just a few stops from Sorrento, and a longer ride from Naples. The station is Castellammare Di Stabia.

It's incredible. Unmarked really, but right there as you exit the Circumvensuviana. You buy tickets at the train station (make sure you buy a roundtrip ticket. When we went last week there were no lines. It was just us and a couple from Austrailia. I don't really know how it would handle large crowds. There seemed only to be one car going in each direction. It's about a 10 minute ride to the top, and you will have the most spectacular view of Naples, the bay, mountains and surrounding areas.
It must have been at least 20 degrees cooler as well. We got there early. I would advise the same.

Again, it has been closed for a few years for renovations. We are lucky we found it. Google it, you will get a better idea.
There are also some videos posted on youtube before it closed. There might be new stuff posted by now.

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Thank you. My husband and I have 6 nights in Sorrento and that sounds like a great addition to our day trips/exploration of the area. We're going in July so 20 degrees cooler would be a wonderful bonus!

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Looks amazing, thanks for the heads-up
if I go back to the area I would try and work this into the plans.

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Try to go during the week because, if it is anything like it was before the funicular closed down, Neapolitans go there in droves over the weekends during the heat of summer.

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Well, travel guy, I guess you've forced me to start planning a return trip to Sorrento!

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Just put that on my itinerary for the end of June. I can never get enough of the view of the bay, the mountain, the island, the coast. Each view is breath taking and now there is another one!

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I went up it a few years ago before it closed. We were staying in Sorrento and had seen it out the window on a few trips on the Circumvensuviana, decided to ride it up. The views really are spectacular! In my memory there was a small store or restaurant at the top where you could get a snack.

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This is one of the highlights of the whole Naples-Sorrento area. You won't regret it. Bill

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I am considering adding this to a day trip from Rome (currently the plan is to visit Pompeii followed by a slice of Naples including the archeological museum). It seems to be a few stops beyond Pompei Scavi from Naples on the Circumvesuviana. How much time should be spent at the top of the mountain - is there much else to do apart from enjoying the view? Perhaps it would be best to wing it and consider the Funivia if we feel we have the time after visiting Pompeii and the weather is worthy of a trip to the top. Thoughts and feedback very welcome!

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I made this recommendation back in May when this first reopened. Word hadn't gotten out yet, and we were virtually the only ones there. Now a few months later, and in the heat of the summer, my suggestion would be get there as early as you can. As for how much time you spend would be up to you. it's a breathtaking ride up and back down - but you could spend hours there walking around, exploring and enjoying the views and cool air.

If this is what you are planning after Pompeii, it might be more crowded later in the day but you should also check the schedule, because you don't want to be stuck up there and have to take a 2 hour bus trip back down. I can just imagine how spectacular the sunset might be- but check the schedule.

We spent a week in Sorrento, and this was the highlight of our trip.

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Thanks for the feedback. I guess this could slot in either before or after visiting Pompeii. With ~12 hours from arrival in Naples to departure back to Rome (discount train tickets already booked), I'll need to weigh up the timing impact of this vs. time in Pompeii/Naples.

Some references below from my research.

Current funivia timetable (from http://www.eavsrl.it/web/en/content/orario-funivia) appears to be:

9.35 - 9.50 - 10.05 - 10.35 - 11.35 - 12.05 - 12.35 - 13.05 - 13.35 - 14.05 - 14.25 - 14.45 - 15.35 - 15.55 - 16.15 - 16.25

so the frequency does seem to vary quite a bit throughout the day, from 10 minutes to an hour. 16.25 last ride would not seem to allow a return after sunset.

Here is a map of the Napoli–Pompei Scavi–Sorrento Circumvesuviana line for reference (the Castellammare Di Stabia stop is listed as C.mare Stabia, with an icon for the Funivia):
http://www.eavsrl.it/web/sites/default/files/sorrento.jpg

From the published timetable (http://www.eavsrl.it/web/sites/default/files/eavferro/Napoli%20-%20Sorrento.pdf), it appears a train from Pompei Scavi to Castellammare takes 10 minutes.

(edited to clarify frequency of funivia)