Path of the Gods
Without a doubt, the Path of The Gods, known to locals as the Sentiero Degli Dei, is the most famous hiking trail in all of the Amalfi Coast. Stunning views along the entire route make this hike a must for anyone in the area.
To get to the start of the Path of the Gods, follow the directions for Costiera Amalfitana - Agerola. Once in Agerola, you should proceed to Paolo Capasso Square in Bomerano, a hamlet of Agerola. Park your car nearby and follow the signs for the Path of the Gods, that you will find on "Via Pennino" (Pennino road).
|When to do|
All the year except January due to possible snow on the path.
Path of the Gods
Path Of The Gods Trail Description
From Paolo Capasso Square in Bomerano, proceed to Via Pennino (Pennino Road), following the signs to Sentiero degli Dei – Path of the Gods. After 1 km you’ll arrive at the trailhead: a stone at the trailhead will read, “Benvenuti sul Sentiero degli Dei”.
You’ll walk along the side of the Lattari Mountains with stunning views of the small village of Praiano and the vast Tyrrhenian Sea. After 2625ft you’ll arrive at a crossroad: turn left. Going left will take you along the classic Path of the Gods, following signs for Nocella, with a jaw-dropping view of the Sorrentine Peninsula, Li Galli Archipelago and the island of Capri in the distance.
If you feel like you might be suffering from the effects of the altitude, turn right. This strand of the Walk of the Gods goes through the woods for a while until, eventually, the two paths reconnect.
On your right, you’ll see the face of the Lattari Mountains. On your left, a drop which leads your eyes to the sea and the Sorrentine Peninsula. It’s a fairly simple trail, but if you ever need extra guidance, follow the red and white signs of the CAI (Alpine Italian Club) painted on stones along the trail.
Proceed until you arrive in the village of Nocelle, where the trail officially finishes. From here, you can take the stairs that lead to Positano. That trail will give you some nice views over the city and the surrounding mountains, and a place to grab a bus to go back to Amalfi or Sorrento. If you want to soak up more of the views you enjoyed on the way out you can go back to Agerola walking the path in the opposite direction.
Hiking Trail Highlights
The Tyrrhenian Sea forms part of the Mediterranean just off the west coast of Italy, covering the region between the islands of Corsica, Sardinia and Sicily, and the section of the Italian coast that includes Tuscany, Lazio, Campania, Basilicata and Calabria. Dotted with picturesque, tiny islands such as Capri, Elba, Ischia and Ustica, this part of the Mediterranean is strikingly beautiful.
The origins of the name of the Tyrrhenian Sea are thought to be Greek, and the word seems to have been used in ancient times by the Greeks to denote non-Greek peoples, most notably, the Etruscans. For thousands of years this region has operated as important maritime crossroads, although in the Middle Ages it was often plagued by pirates! This rich history and multicultural heritage can be seen today in the islands and along the western coast of the Italian Peninsula.
The Lattari Mountains stretch across Campania in southern Italy, forming the spiky backbone of the Sorrentine Peninsula. These high limestone peaks begin at the Gulf of Naples and extend all the way to the Gulf of Salerno in the south. Clothed in lush vegetation, and boasting a unique micro-climate, the Lattari Mountains are strikingly beautiful and contribute to the irresistible charm of the Amalfi Coast.
The Lattari Mountains take their name from the abundance of goats that roam across the hills. These sturdy creatures keep the local population well-supplied in milk and cheese, and as a result the mountains are named after their produce (milk is called lactis in Latin). The range is littered with countless mule tracks that make excellent hiking trails, and visitors will find an abundance of natural wonders, from the natural amphitheater of Punta d’Aglio to the incredible beauty of the lush Ferriere Valley.
Views of Sorrentine Peninsula
The Sorrentine Peninsula just might be one of the most picturesque places in Italy. This narrow peninsula juts out into the Tyrrhenian Sea, covered in craggy mountains and lush, green vegetation, and is bordered by some of the finest beaches in the country. Named for its main town, Sorrento, this beautiful spot is characterized by the tall, limestone peaks of the Lattari Mountains and dramatic cliffs that plunge down into the sea.
The Path of the Gods hike offers some of the best views of the Sorrentine Peninsula that you’ll find anywhere on the Amalfi Coast. Marvel at the sheer cliffs, golden beaches, pretty hamlets and fragrant citrus and olive groves. This part of Italy is devastatingly pretty, and the perfect place for an indulgent, relaxing hiking trip.
Rated as one of the best hikes in the world, you don’t want to forget your camera!
If you have an entire day to hike, we advise you to start with the High Path of the Gods and to take the normal Path of the Gods on the way back, so that you can experience the two different views of the Amalfi Coast.
Though it can be hiked all year long, the best months to hike the Walk of the Gods are from September to November and from mid-February to May. It can be very hot and crowded in summer, so be sure to have your sunscreen, hat, plenty of water and comfortable and fresh clothes.
To get here by bus from Amalfi take the SITA bus for Agerola and get off in Bomerano.
To get here by bus from Sorrento you have to take two SITA buses: the first one stops in Amalfi, the second for Agerola will take you to Bomerano.
As you look out onto the sea, you may not be able to tell where the sea line finishes and where the sky starts, connecting the Earth to the sky, and so, to the Gods. This may well be the origin of this route’s name. The other explanation is that the Path of the Gods owes its name to the legend that the ancient Greek Gods had to walk this trail to save Ulysses from sirens on Li Galli Island.
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