An interesting path, especially for who stay in Praiano o Vettica Maggiore (Praiano). You’ll do the most scenographic part of the traditional Sentiero degli Dei (Path of the Gods) with the S. Domenico convent bonus. Quite steep the path starts from about 100 mamsl (S. Gennaro’s church in Vettica Maggiore, Praiano) to 580 mamsl (Colle Serra crossroad). The steps here are everywhere and only if you feel really healthy you should do in hot day and you should think on it also in cool days too.
So, let’s start! from Vettica Maggiore, Praiano, just above the S. Gennaro’s church in piazzetta G. Gagliano where in less than 50m you’ll have: SITA bus stop, grocery, bars, tourism office and so on 🙂 ; leaving the seaside behind you get via Francesco Russo on the right, after few steps turn on the left in via degli Ulivi and again on the left at next crossroad, afterwards choose right on via Croce, this will end at the beginning of the path. After the fountain the stairs will bring you up of 200m of height to the Convent of S. Domenico (XV c.). Looking at the end of the coast the path on the left lays the trail to the Path of the Gods, take it, and keep left after the small natural arch. Pay attention on the exposed area and then, after few bends a gentle slope will end in a crossroad…
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- go left, keeping the seaside on your left. About than 500m and you’ll find Cisternuolo crossroads, a sign indicates “Positano Nocelle”, keep right and go up. Watch your step sometime is quite slippery. You’ll go through a well marked path and then terraces, past the abandoned building watch your step in the rocky slope, at the end of wich Colle Serra junction lay. At crossroad keep right (choosing left means going to Bomerano, Agerola, on the main path) and then right again, after a fountain at the end of a stone stairway you’ll find the signboard indicating “Praiano Nocelle Positano”.
choose right Praiano or Bomerano (left to Nocelle) keeping the seaside on your right. Less than 500m and you’ll find a crossroad with a sign indicating “Nocelle Positano Praiano”, keep going on the right. 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 D and finish to C in the map below.
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