Funivia Colle Eletto

Top choice cable car in Gubbio

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Although the Basilica di Sant'Ubaldo, perched high up on Monte Ingino, is a perfectly lovely church, the real adventure is reaching it on the funivia, as exhilarating as any roller coaster. The word funivia suggests an enclosed cable car, but it's actually a ski lift of sorts, whisking visitors up the mountain in precarious-looking metal baskets.

In order to board you have to stand on a red dot and then get thrown into a basket by the operator as it whizzes past – health and safety be damned. Once the giddiness has worn off, you can watch Gubbio, which moments before had seemed so impossibly hilly, gradually transform into a flat little toy town far below. The entire valley spreads picturesquely before you from the top.

There's a cafe on top of the hill by the funivia entrance, but the nicest way to spend the day is to bring a picnic and have a wander.