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
peninsula of Sorrent and one of the most beautiful in the world
. 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 gallery
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).
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
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
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 villa
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.