The walks of Praiano
Praiano rises on a steep cliff about 120 metres above sea level, which means that, in order to discover its marvellous territory, it is often unavoidable to face a large number of stairs. But what may seem like a scourge is actually an extraordinary communication tool, because these stairs make it possible to overcome steep, steep slopes and, above all, to reach truly spectacular places. Several enchanting promenades branch off in the town centre, descending towards the sea or leading to breathtaking views.
The Terramare promenade, which takes its name from the street of the same name, begins at Marina di Praia, a small jewel set between two rock walls overhanging the sea. From here one takes a small road carved into the rock, crosses the slope of Via Terramare decorated with typical ceramic work, and in a few minutes one arrives at the Torre a Mare, also known as Torre Assiola, from which one can enjoy a splendid view of the sea. The tower, already mentioned in a document from 1260, currently houses the atelier of artist Paolo Sandulli. The route is short but very intense.
The Panorama walk begins just before the tunnel in the direction of Positano. Take the steps of Via degli Ulivi that climb above the village of Vettica Maggiore and take Via Croce to reach the carriage road at ‘Tuocco’. From here you can admire an incredible panorama of the coast, Positano and Capri. Continuing along the path we reach the Church of Santa Maria di Costantinopoli, a small chapel mentioned as early as the 18th century, from whose forecourt the view now embraces the village of Vettica Maggiore. Behind the religious building the last marvellous view opens up, sweeping from Praiano to the Fiordo di Furore as far as Sorrento and the Cilento coast.
The San Domenico walk, suitable for those who love spiritual paths, leads to the Church of Santa Maria delle Grazie in Castro, with the adjoining Dominican Convent, to which is linked an ancient tradition that is repeated every year from 1 to 4 August, the Luminaria di San Domenico. From here you can admire a splendid view of the village of Vettica Maggiore, Positano as far as the Galli and the island of Capri. The route follows the beginning of the Panorama walk, but when you arrive in the locality of ‘Tuocco’, instead of taking the driveway, you continue along the steps of Via San Domenico.
Finally, the last one, the Grado walk, starts from Piazza San Gennaro. Take the Via Masa below on the left until you reach a flight of steps leading down to the Grado Tower. Built by the Spaniards in the 16th century, the tower had the function of sighting the arrival of any enemies from the sea. It is recommended to take this walk in the late afternoon or by moonlight.