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From via Raffaele Bosco, which goes from the centre of Vico through the casali of Massaquano and Moiano, the sea and its cliffs are about 14 km away from the Monte Faito, the mountain belonging to the chain of the Lattari – so called for the presence of beech tree forests. Along the panoramic bends are olive groves and fir trees, gorges and cliffs, with spots of brooms appearing here and there illuminating the rock. On clear days, from the belvedere it is possible to admire the Sorrento coast and the Vesuvius lying at the feet of the mount that was known in Roman age as Monte Aureo, and Monte del Latte – “the mount of milk”. According to Doctor Galeno, born in Pergamo in 129 AC, the milk abundantly produced on the pastures of the Faito (until the invasion of the Gothic army which killed off all the cattle) was gifted with healing properties, thanks to the fertility of the soil and its proximity to the sea. On the rocky side of the mount are the remains of large pillars of a cableway which, until the beginning of the century, carried down the snow. The sale of snow, together with the sale of grass, wood, and the rental of the pastures, became an important source of income in the times of Carlo D’Angio, who established Vico as a Manor in 1272. The harvest took place in deep ditches covered by earth and leaves - the first document relating to it goes back to the 16th century, when Federico Carrafa established punishments for those who stole the snow of the Faito. The sacs, weighing around 150kg, were carried from Vico to Castellammare on boats and wagons, using carriers or mules and, later, on the cable way. The via delle Pendici goes to the panoramic site of Belvedere dei Capi, from which originate the roads Strada Bassa or dei Castagni, and Strada Alta which leads to the Piazzale della Funivia. Strada Alta gives way to another access point to the Faito from Castellammare, together with the carriage road opened by Conte Girolamo Giusso when he acquired the mountain at the time of the fall of the Bourbonic monarchy. Both Strada Alta and the Via della Cresta, amongst dense vegetation and hundred-year-old trees, lead to the sanctuary Santuario di S. Michele built on the Monte Molare, destroyed in the 19th century and then rebuilt. The sanctuary bears witness to an ancient temple thought to be constructed in the 10th century after Catello bishop of Stabia and abbot Antonino, who had retired as hermits on Mount Faito, had a vision of the Archangel Michael. Not far from the roads are coniferous and beech tree forests, where one may also admire the alders, the black pine trees the white and red fir trees – all of which are just a small part of the many century-old plants that make the Faito a splendid natural reserve.

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