Convento di Santa Maria a Castro

Convento di Santa Maria a Castro, Praiano

Convento di Santa Maria a Castro

Convento di Santa Maria a Castro
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xertzi
64 contributions
A long way up
Oct 2019
After a long climb out of Praiano following signs to the path of the gods you finally ready this convent. It's steps all the way up to the convent but a rough path from there up to the path of the gods. But there is plenty of shade so it's not as hard a climb as it could be.

The view from the convent is breathtaking and well worth the climb. I didn't stop to look at the building so no idea what there is to look at it anything. There was a small stall selling drinks though so there is something happening.
Written 2 November 2019
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joekjoek
Brighton, UK46 contributions
interesting trompe l'oeuil above altar
Apr 2019 • Solo
lovely building and scenic spot, well worth the walk up. the trompe-l'oeuil has been created by exploiting a curve in the wall that the fresco is painted on. this creates a 3-d effect because the eye reads the wall as flat but when you move the optical space shifts (look at the floating angel and walk around and you'll see what I mean). I'm not an art historian but I haven't seen anything like this before.
Written 4 May 2019
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cooper6611
Ashburn, VA30 contributions
Beautiful step back in time with views that last a life time.
Oct 2018 • Couples
About a 1/10 of the way into your hike on the Path of the Gods. Get your camera ready for some pictures inside or out you will not lose here. There was a little grumpy man inside selling drinks and snacks and if you don't buy he mumbles under his breath which I'm sure he does well in the summer and the fall hikers don't spend as much. This is a much stop on the hike and is most likely one of the biggest highlights of the hike but soak it in and smell the fermenting grapes.
Written 11 January 2019
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pfrid2018
Lund, Sweden6 contributions
Church
Aug 2018 • Friends
Worth seeing. It's not a dome but has some old and typical features and history. Some typical paintings.
Written 29 October 2018
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Keith B
Brighton, UK18 contributions
A fantastic scenic walk, well worth the effort if staying locally
Sep 2018 • Solo
I might sound like a bit of a heathen but for me the abandoned monastery takes second place to the views from trail. That said if you are staying in Praiano I would still recommend the jaunt up the hill.
There are two ways to get to the convento which unless you are in Praiano and ask a local appears to be a complete mystery (having googled extensively).
The ‘easy’ way is to join from West Praiano - the northern most point of ‘via Croce’ (the walking path not the car road) when you pass a small white barrel roofed building on the left you should see the sign for path of the gods. Once you find this you can’t really get lost as long as you go up and stick to the very well tended stepped path. As others have said it is steep with many steps but is a simple walk with very good protection so most reasonably fit people should be able to complete. The views are great and there are seats and sculptures to enjoy on the way.
The abandoned monastery is interesting if not a bit spooky to walk round (no one else was there) and the fresco’s are in great condition given their age and lack of care.
This is a great spot to stop and picnic with great views towards Positano but do not expect any food, drink or other facilities. Make sure to bring plenty of water and some food!
From here to the PoG a further climb is necessary and the trail degrades significantly to a slim path. It gets a bit confusing but keep going up and if you continue to see red paint dabs on the track you are on the correct path. This is of moderate difficulty with areas of minimal protection and may require a bit of a scramble in places which some may not be comfortable with. Expect at least another 25 minutes of toil from the monastery to the main trail. Eventually you will come to a ‘T’ junction and the sign will help you decide on which direction to take.

The more ‘difficult’ route starts in East Positano from Via Constantinople up a Staircase which is opposite the B&B ‘Locanda degli Dei’. There is a sign post on the road and the straight 100 steps to the trail is a sign of things to come. Once you overcome the initial ascent turn left and stay on the main path and you can’t really get lost. There is a small monorail track which will be present for much of the trail in case you get worried.
The path is not as well tended as that from West Positano but is a simple walk, easy to follow with only limited areas of reduced protection. It’s worth stopping at the corner of east/west Praiano to take in the views of both directions and also hear the bells from the two sides of the town sound. When you have done most of the climb you will come to a ‘T’ junction with a fountain. Turn right up the hill if you want to get views down the next valley (which I thought worth the effort) otherwise continue straight on.
You will start to descend and a couple of minutes past the large boulder you will see a sign post to the left for the Conventi. This is a pretty thin trail but simple to follow, just stay with the red dabs of paint. This is more difficult than the other route as you will have climbed above the monastery and will now have to descend to it. As above this can be a bit tricky in parts with some exposure/scrambling required and some may need help/encouragement to descend as it is often more difficult to go down in these situations. Trust the trail and keep with the red paint and you will eventually arrive at the Conventi.
Written 19 September 2018
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Graeme F
Rayleigh, UK32 contributions
Incredible View
Aug 2018 • Couples
A lovely spot to stop and refresh yourself before you carry on with your walk of the gods from priaiano
Written 28 August 2018
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Joe L
Findlay, OH833 contributions
Incredible View
Aug 2018 • Couples
This is a great place to stop for a picnic while hiking the Path of the God's. Very quaint and the views are stunning. Take a few minutes to walk through the convento di san domenico while you are there.
Written 22 August 2018
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m_ororke
Iowa City, IA3 contributions
Such a welcome spot to roost, en route to the Sentiero degli Dei!
Jul 2018 • Friends
This was a real surprise on my hike of the path of the Gods from Praiano. Can't believ how old the old Chapel is, and the view from the terrace is breathtaking! At the convent do stop with Dominic and Lili (his little dog) for a quick refreshment before your onward ascent.
Written 25 July 2018
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ellis6
County Down, UK76 contributions
Serenity
May 2018 • Couples
We climbed the 1000 steps from Praiano and the views all the way up are breath-taking. Ideal if you want to join up with the Path of the gods walks. They hold concerts outside which must be good but none while we were there.
Written 2 June 2018
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acandkc
Richland, WA280 contributions
CONVENT ON THE CLIFFS
Jan 2018 • Couples
My esteemed spouse and I hiked the one million steps up to the convent today and I am so glad we did. Yes, it's a lot of work, but the beauty and serenity that is there makes every step worth it.We got to spend time with the convent's little round dog, admired the views, both down to the sea and up toward the cliffs. We listened to the ringing of the goats' bells and the soughing of the wind through the trees. No one else was there..so peaceful. Enjoy!
Written 15 January 2018
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