Hiking in Positano
Hikers often pass through Positano on their way to the region's most famed mountainside trail, the Sentiero degli Dei (Pathway of the Gods), which can be picked up outside nearby Nocelle. For less professional hikers, Ponte dei Libri (a bridge several miles west) spans a pretty valley with soaring rock pinnacles and is a moderate walk. More serious climbers can hike up to Santa Maria del Castello (just more than 2,000 feet) from where paths radiate out eastward and westward along the Lattari Mountains. Plant lovers will find hillside walks particularly rewarding in May, when the mountains turn into a flowering rock garden with fine displays of orchids. As a general rule, allow plenty of time for what look like short distances on paper, take lots of water, and stick to the paths mapped out in red-and-white stripes by the CAI (Italian Alpine Club). Julian Tippet's hiking guide, Landscapes of Sorrento and the Amalfi Coast, available at stores here, is worth investing in. You can also purchase the CAI's official map detailing all paths in the area.
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