Monte Della Stella
How to get there:
Locate Solerno at the coast a bit south of Napoli. Solerno is at the east end of the famous Amalfi coast. Continue about 40 kilometer south to Agropoli. Continue a little south on Hwy. SP430, then exit onto SS18 (south). The peak is easy to see due to the white radar dome that can be seen from a distance. Continue uphill on smaller roads (SP46 then SP15B) to locate the beginning of the summit road at location N40.24750, E015.08087, elevation about 610 meter.
There is a paved road all the way to the top. There is a sign at the turn-off, however, that normally means that it is prohibited to drive. It is a bit unclear how to interpret this sign in Italy. I observed 2 cars on the road while I was hiking. When arriving at (or near) the summit, the road forks. The left fork serves the radar station, while the right fork runs up to the old church. The old church is located at the highest point of this mountain.
We arrived at the bottom of the summit road around 1200, after a nice drive from Positano where we had spent the 3 previous days.
The road sign indicated that one (probabely?) should not drive. We parked and while Heidi walked downhill to visit the local village, I started out up the road at 1215. The road was a bit longer than expected and I did not reach the summit before 1315, as planned. I stopped by the old church at 1320, so 1:05 up. It is indeed very nice that they built the radar station slightly lower. I guess someone claimed that the church should be protected, after all, it most likely came long before the radar.
I took some pictures of the view as well as of the radar and the church, then turned around and started downhill at 1330. Walking on such a gently sloping road is not much faster down than up, it took me 55 minutes to walk back down.
We next continued driving to our last hotel on this trip, hotel Santavenere. enjoying the afternoon there did quickly convince us that we would have a nice stay the next 6 days.