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Convento di Santa Maria a Castro

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xertzi wrote a review Nov. 2019
64 contributions15 helpful votes
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.
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Date of experience: October 2019
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joekjoek wrote a review May 2019
Brighton, United Kingdom46 contributions19 helpful votes
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.
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Date of experience: April 2019
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cooper6611 wrote a review Jan. 2019
Ashburn, Virginia30 contributions11 helpful votes
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.
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Date of experience: October 2018
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pfrid2018 wrote a review Oct. 2018
Lund, Sweden6 contributions1 helpful vote
Worth seeing. It's not a dome but has some old and typical features and history. Some typical paintings.
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Date of experience: August 2018
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Keith B wrote a review Sep. 2018
Brighton, United Kingdom18 contributions9 helpful votes
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.
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Date of experience: September 2018
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