The Amalfi Coast is certainly not just about the sea and the great food. The mountains are another beauty you should enjoy and what better way than with The Path of the Gods on Italy’s Amalfi Coast.
For those of you who enjoy walking and hiking in the mountains, the enchanting ‘Sentiero degli Dei’ – Path of the Gods – is a must. The walk will allow you to admire the breathtaking views of the coast from its highest points.
The path starts from Bomerano, close to the village of Agerola, and finishes at Nocelle, the highest hamlet in Positano.
Where to start?
The easiest point to start The Path of the Gods on Italy’s Amalfi Coast is from Bomerano but you could start it from Praiano if you wish especially if you are already staying in the area. You can reach the village by taking one of the ‘Sita’ buses from the city of Amalfi to Agerola or Praiano. You won’t find a direct bus to Bomerano but once in Agerola, the village of Bomerano is only 20 mins far by walk. Alternatively, there are numerous taxis available from the surrounding areas.
Bus journeys usually take around 55 minutes from Amalfi and around 2-3 hours if taken from Sorrento or Positano. For those traveling from Almafi you can check the bus time schedule using these links; Amalfi to Agerola or Amalfi to Praiano.
From Boremano the path signs start and will lead you to the trailhead. From the trailhead follow the trail which runs through the entire length of the path until the final point in Nocelle.
(The path can be started in reverse therefore your starting point will be Positano and the end Boremano).
How long is the hike?
The Path of the Gods hiking path is around 7.8 km and will take a good 3 hours to complete.
How easy is the path? Do I require any specific equipment?
This path is one of the easiest trails but please make sure you have at least the basic walking-hiking gear. The path is pretty easy to follow as the route is well-marked by white and red signs with 02 written on them.
What can I expect to find on the hike?
Although the easiest of the paths, do prepare for the trail not to be completely level and some areas can be rocky and involve stairs.
The most scenic hamlets along the path include:
- Bomerano – mostly famous as starting point of the ‘Path of the Gods’ and also a small village considered as a ‘little Switzerland’ with a lovely alpine-like look which makes it unique. From here there are as well several other starting trails.
- Nocelle – Positano highest hamlet located 450 meters above sea level. It’s exactly halfway between sky and sea and it’s definitely the best place from which to enjoy the stunning details of the coast. It also attracts growing number of tourist, especially hiking lovers because of dozens available trails.
- Montepertuso – is located at the foot of the Lattari Mountains and about 350 metres above sea level. The name of the village comes from ‘Mount Gambera’ or more commonly known as ‘Mount Pertuso‘ for its impressive natural arch or hole in the middle of the rock (Pertuso translates hole from Neapolitan dialect). The locals believe in the legend that Montepertuso was the location of the eternal fight between Good (personified by the Virgin Mary) and Evil (personified by the Devil) and the hole in the rock is the everlasting sign of the Virgin Mary’s presence, therefore, the victory of the Good on Evil. The village is small but charming and it offers more mountain trails that are easy accessible.
It’s hard to provide a list of all the beauties you will find along the trail. We believe it’s best to discover them at your own pace, taking your time to admire the views along the path.
Where can I get refreshment or stop for a meal?
As the walk will take around 3 hours to complete, we suggest to bring your own food and refreshments with you. If needed, the villages you will find on the path will have shops open for light refreshments.
We promise you the The Path of the Gods on Italy’s Amalfi Coast will not disappoint!
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