A very popular excursion from the city is the ascent by funicular to the village of Brunate. This fun train made its first journey in 1894 and still today, every 30 minutes, it links the city with an extremely atmospheric panoramic point. The journey lasts just 7 minutes on a track that has the maximum gradient allowed - 55%. The village of Brunate is situated approximately 700 metres above sea level and has always been a holiday destination for noble families from the Como and Milan areas who built numerous lovely villas in Art Nouveau style here. Brunate is also the ideal starting point for pleasant walks amidst greenery. From the viewpoint you can see the outline of the historic centre, the ancient Roman castrum and a view over the Alps and the Brianza plain.