I ran into Scintilla in the bar one morning and we arranged to walk a part of the Sentiero degli Dei, the pathway of the gods, high up in the mountains. We started from Nocelle and walked east towards Praiano. The sun shone strongly and we were hot but every now and then the pathway led us through deliciously cool patches of woodland where the rays of light didn't quite reach.
When we turned a corner and found Praiano spread out before us we couldn't help but notice the old abandoned monastry of San Domenico set high above the village. We found the pathway that led down to the monastry. It was old, crumbling and terrifyingly steep, at certain points we had to climb down backwards, almost crawling. But eventually the pathway led to the monestry garden where fig trees gave welcome shade and wild red roses entwined themselves around statues.
Inside the church it was cool and silent. You could easily imagine the monks going about their work, admiring the old frescoes painted on the walls and ringing the bell that kept watch over the town below. We stayed for a while to relax in the garden before making our way back to town and the present day.