La Madonnina - Praiano - Colle la Serra - Nocelle (in
the upper part it is the famous "Sentiero degli Dei")
This hike is
definitely the most spectacular hike
whole peninsula of Sorrent and one of the most beautiful in
. From Colle la Serrva to Nocelle it
follows the it follows the famous "Sentiero degli Dei
- the walk of Gods. Not exaggerated, its really
spectacular. Wonderful views down to the always present
sea including the isle of Capri on the horizon. From
Praiano you also have a view in the other direction to
the eastern part of the peninsula. You pass fantastic
rock formations, see old traces of farming.
To get an idea have a look at this photo
You walk on your own or join a guided tour - in this
case ask the travel office for information.
The "normal" way to walk the
Sentiero degli Dei is starting from Agerola/Bomerano
then you go to Colle la Serra, then to Nocelle or
further to Montepertuso and Positano. To go to
Bomerano you take a bus (buy tickets before in a
bar). you go to the bus stop in Marina di Praia. You
turn left when you leave the exit of the villa, walk
about 400 m (1200 ft) directly after the tunnel is the
bus stop. Take the bus in the direction of
Amalfi/Salerno. Tell the bus driver that you want to go
to Agerola as you have to change the bus before Amalfi.
At the end of the walk in Nocelle or Montepertuso or
Positano you take a bus back to Praiano. This includes
quite some driving with the bus. An alternative is to
take a taxi to Bomerano and return from the end point by
bus or again taxi.
Therefore we prefer either to walk from the villa to
Nocelle or further to Positano and then take the bus
back to Praiano or start from Positano/Nocelle and walk
down to the villa. For the first alternative you better
have a reasonable good physical condition as you have to
climb about 580 m (1700 ft) altitude. Partially the path
is quite steep. In the other direction -assuming you
start in Nocelle - the path is till Colle la Serra
mostly flat and then you have to walk down to sea level.
When you want to walk down you go to the bus stop in
Marina di Praia. Check the bus connections by reading
the bus timetable or calling the Praiano tourist office
(see info section). There are frequent connections
between Positano and Praiano but only few from Positano
to Montepertuso and less to Nocelle. Tell the bus
driver that you want to go to Montepertuso. He will tell
you when you exit the bus (in Positano) and take the
next one to Montepertuso or Nocelle. Then
you follow sign posts or the description in
Tippets guide till you reach Colle la Serra. There you
leave the Sentiero degli Dei trail and follow the path
down to Praiano. As an alternative you can also
choose to descend to the monastery San Domenico, which
you see below. The path starts before you reach Colle la
Serra, is not marked and sometimes a bid rough. If you
are not an experienced hiker I would not recommend it.
But its a nice alternative. In any case you have
spectacular views and arrive at the road in Praiano.
There you walk towards the east and down to reach
finally the villa. It takes about 3 hours from Nocelle
to the villa and a bid more the other direction. Good
hikers can of course walk to Nocelle and go back to the
villa, or start in Positano, its always beautiful.
If you start from the
, turn left at the exit, then walk through
the tunnel and then just before the bridge take the path
which starts there and leads you to Praiano. In the
village walk higher till you reach the highest street.
Better take the plan of Praiano with you which you find
in the villa. The path starts with a stair which goes
through a building then through olive gardens up the
hill. See description in Tippets guide: Praiano to Colle
la Serra. For the start/finish in Positano there are
different alternatives, see the Tippet guide.