One of my favorite countries to visit is Italy, I don’t think this comes as any big surprise to anyone who has read some of my entries here. Recently myself and some friends vacationed along the Alamfi Coast of Italy. If your not aware where this is, it is just south of Naples, sort of along a “finger” of land that juts out into the Mediterranean Sea. We rented a lovely Villa along the cliffside of the Sea in Praiano. Which is nestled between Positano and Alamfi. Today, I wanted to share with you one of the things we did while we were there. Some of you know that from time to time while on vacation we might take a hike. Well this vacation was no different. However, I have to say, I was so not into hiking on this trip. This was to be my Relaxing Vacation, not my Exertion Vacation.
We travel with friends many times, and on this trip our friends said, “Lets just take a nice easy hike, it won’t be a big deal, something easy around Praiano”. Well……
As it turns out we settled on a trail known as The Path of the God’s (or, Senteiro Degli Dei, in Italian). I readily admit, I really wasn’t into taking a hike, and I also readily admit to bitching about it. Allot. Now this is not the hardest hike I’ve ever been on, but I am not sure it is fair to call it a hike either, it is more like a TREK.
Billed as The Path of the God’s this route lives up to it’s name with dramatic views of a rugged coastline, and distant sightings as far as the island of Capri. It’s name recalls the mythological landscapes of the Greek Olympus and, for sure, no other name could describe it better, once on top of the Ridgeline, it could be called a walk in Heaven. If you are a nature lover and hiker, you must not miss this pristine and beautiful hike.
What they don’t tell you when your talking with the locals about this hike is it’s length and the fact that it is made up of mostly stairs. I don’t mean a few stairs and steps, but I mean like 10,000 +/- stairs, this trail is on STAIR-ROIDS. Anyone with knee issues, understands what I am talking about, it’s the going down part that is really tough and since half of these steps are going down, look out. We weren’t really prepared for that, nor did we bring water, so kid’s don’t try this at home. Please pack water, camera, water, snacks and some more water. Although we did not start at the beginning of the trail, which is in Bomerano. We started from Praiano, which is about the halfway point and this hike still took us about 3 hours. You will basically go from sea level to about 2100 feet straight up the Lattari Mountains, so prepare yourselves.
You will find so much to see along the way, about half way up the mountain side, you will come to Convent San Domenico. Which is no longer a working convent, however it is open to tour and walk around the grounds, it is beautiful. The grounds themselves are still farmed for fruits and vegetables and donated to the San Domenico church in Praiano.
It is so worth it. I have put together a short slideshow from our hike, I hope you enjoy it.