Nook of Amalfi: On summer weekends, Neapolitans flee to the Amalfi beaches or into the mountains. Monte Faito is particularly famous for its cool temperatures with hiking trails, cozy restaurants, and wooden houses.
We drove up the windy roads to the mountain peak, parking the car at the Funivia del Faito, where we then took a ride on the tram. The views of Vesuvius and the sea were stellar from here. We landed at the Circumvesuviana train stop in Stabia. From there, we took the train four stops to Vico Equense and walked a few blocks to the famous Pizza A Metro, which makes fresh pizzas in a woodfire oven while you watch:
The waiter then cut the pizza at our table:
After lunch, we returned to Monte Faito, walking along the trails where the air was at least ten degrees cooler than in Naples. This was a particularly enjoyable visit for the kids who searched for the goats whose bells clanged around their necks.
Getting There: Take the Circumvesuviana to Castellammare di Stabia. When you get out, the Funivia will be adjacent to the station. Trams run to the top every half hour.
Vico Equense is four stops on the Circumvesuviana from Stabia. When you disembark, ask the locals how to get there. It's four left turns and three blocks away from the station.
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