Itinerary 2 is one of the longest pathways in the Praiano NaturArte Project. It takes in both Via Constantinople (Vettica Maggiore side) and the stairs of Via degli Ulivi, which lead to the street.
Via Constantinople overlooks the three islets of Li Galli, which according to local mythology either represent the petrified bodies of the sirens in the Odyssey or were inhabited by the sirens. Their haunting songs were said to have seduced sailors to their ultimate death on the rocks. According to legend, Ulysses had his men strap him to the mast of the ship while his crew filled their ears with beeswax so they would not hear the fateful song of the Sirens. This is the inspiration for Sandro Mautone’s art: the majolica panels depicting significant moments of Ulysses’ journey home after the Trojan War.
The path itself, with its spectacular mountain backdrop, is varied. Open to the sea in some sections, walled with stairs in others. The section between Via Russo and Via degli Ulivi is quite beautiful with a raised garden bed of flowering plants, running the length of the stone wall. Pots filled with colourful succulents line the low wall on the other side. There are two shrines worth noting too on this walk. A small one, high on the wall at the start of Via Russo and a larger one a little further on, above a doorway. Paolo’s tiled panels complement these perfectly.
The other Itineraries:
A map detailing all the Praiano NaturArte itineraries can be obtained from the Praiano Tourist Office. Rosalba is passionate about Praiano and will be more than happy to provide you with all the information you require.
Address: Via Gennaro Capriglione, 116b 84010 Praiano SA
Tel: +39 089 874557
A map and brochure can also be downloaded here.
Note: photographs of artists are courtesy of http://www.amalficoasting.org