From Nocelle to Praiano

This is the main path, the most frequented “eastward version”. At Amalfi Coast Inside Guide I think that walking this trail from west to east isn’t the best choice you can take, the amazing wide open panoramas lays just behind you for all the path. This doesn’t mean you won’t appreciate the path. Having the magnificence of the path on your back side let you concentrate on details, small details.

We suppose you are already in Positano and precisely in the Nocelle neighbour, just at the end of the asphalt road, in the parking area. Looking at the sea you can see a stair, take it, past a small grocery after less than 150m you’ll arrive at a crossroad, there is also a fountain (time to refill your bottle). Turn left, go up for some steps and follow the concrete path, you’ll find a small roof with many painted pots, go ahead, the path is just steps away.

From here you can’t easily loose yourself until first crossroad, just keep in mind these hints:
1. stay on the wide path.
2. keep the sea on your right side.
3. don’t climb in the bush.
4. don’t jump down! Seriously, don’t do it. Looking at some funny folks of the past we strongly advise against jumping down if you haven’t self levitation ability 😉

After about 2,3km you’ll reach Cisternuolo crossroads, at about 540m of altitude is easy to recognize, there is a sign indicating “Nocelle Positano”. Time for an hard choice: which will be your trail? lower or higher?

  • higher trail: this is a less “up and down” option than lower so just go on the left, a gentle, but sometime slippery, slope will bring you up, after some bends you’ll walk near an old limekiln (usually you need a local guide to understand where is it), then terraces. Past an abandoned building a little higher than 600mamsl, afterwards go down till you meet the Colle Serra crossroads: right is your destiny if you want to reach Praiano (if you choose right you’ll get to Bomerano, Agerola) and right again you’ll meet some stone steps and then, after a fountain, another crossroads with a sign indicating “Praiano Nocelle Positano”). Choose left.
  • lower option: not for vertigo sufferers, is not a joke! go right, be careful on this rocky slope, specially if wet. After few bend you’ll reach the most breathtaking panorama, a vertical rock wall of 135m, down on your left there is Vettica Maggiore, Praiano, on your right the vastness of the sea up to Capri island (don’t forget, a local guide can tell you a lot about lore, history, flora and fauna). Continuing on the main path you’ll reach San Domenico convent junction, keep left (at right you’ll reach Vettica Maggiore, Praiano, through the convent path) and “climb” the stone stairway. The last important crossroads of the path is just ahead, a signboard indicates “Praiano Positano Nocelle”, you are in Colle Serra junction, stay on the right and go ahead (taking left will bring you to the higher/lower trail crossroads or Bomerano).

Here, after a short dirty muletrack will start a steep stairway, walk down carefully and enjoy the wide panorama. Go after the stairway and get the mild slope, you’ll find, on your left, a water tank, keep going straight ahead, the path heads left around the ridge. Less than 250m and you’ll have to take the steps down on your right side (seaside!).

On the asphalt road go on the right and downhill, you’ll see the church of S. Maria di Costantinopoli (left/seaside). Now, crossroads: first go left, second straight ahead, third go right (choose left will end to the church of S. Luca), fourth left. You are in Praiano.


This path start from point B and finish to C in the map below.

Pay attention due to map and software updating the above info could be not precise. Take it as an generic overview.
Hoping these information helped you in some way. At Amalfi Coast Inside Guide I think that a better free information is a priority, just in pair with the quality of service we sell so, if you think there are errors or you have tips on how to improve these pages, invest a minute to write and tell us, it will be really appreciated not only by us but by also all the people who will reach this site.