Sunday, October 6, 2013

Italy in September - Part IV Hiking Sentiero degli Dei (Path of the Gods) on Amalfi Coast

You know the feeling like you had the best day in your life. This is how I felt that Friday when we hiked the Path of the Gods trail from Praiano to Positano. We started out at our Hotel Onda Verde and went uphill through the town of Praiano passing the houses, gardens, stores and churches.

Slowly we left the town and stunning views of Amalfi Coast and Positano opened up.

While hiking we heard the birds sing and church bells ring. Along the way we saw grapes, fig and olive trees.

The hike continued on and on. 

We took hotel's recommendation and stopped for lunch at La Tagliata in Positano. It could not have come at a better time. After hiking for 3.5 hours we were ready for a nice meal. There was no printed menu but we were offered a light lunch. We started with a large antipasto - cured meats, mozzarella, tomatoes, marinated eggplant, sauteed spinach, peas, chickpeas, eggplant parmesan, beans and few more items. This was followed by pasta and dessert, which included shots of limoncello. All the dishes looked like they were ready for a photo shoot for the Saveur Magazine. Judge yourself. The cost for all this plus a beer, water and coffee was 50 euro for two. For me this was the best meal during the whole trip.

We still had about another hour plus to go down to the Positano town. Once there we stopped at a ceramics store and bought few bowls.

From Positano we took a local bus back to our hotel in Praiano. You really have to push your way to get on a bus. They run infrequently and are packed with tourists and locals.

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