An ancient mule track with breathtaking views of the Amalfi Coast, the Path of the Gods (Il Sentiero degli dei) was a highlight of our trip to Amalfi. The rural track winds through gorges where dry stonewall terraces of lemon groves, vegetable gardens and vineyards drop from cliffs to the sea. At an average height of 500 metres above sea level, the view of the sparkling blue coastline and the limestone rock formations above the track is stunning as you walk towards Positano.
Path of the Gods Starting Point – Agerola
Catch the local Sita bus from Amalfi Port to Agerola (Bomerano); you can buy water and snacks from the local cafes. The half hour bus ride from Amalfi offers spectacular views as it winds up through picturesque towns perched on cliffs.
Path of the Gods Walk
The stunning walk from Agerola (Bomerano) to Nocelle took us two and a half hours with many photo stops along the way.
About an hour into the walk there’s a wooden table with beautiful views towards Positano that’s perfect for a snack.
The track winds uphill and downhill through oak trees into mountain goat territory before Nocelle. Listen for the ringing of bells when goats are feeding close to the track.
Many people finish the walk in Nocelle and take the local bus to Positano. Perched high above the sea, Nocelle is popular for a drink or a gelato stop.
We continued on foot from Nocelle to Positano, descending down about one thousand five hundred stairs. There are many scenic viewpoints to photograph Positano and the coastline as you walk down the stairs. The last section of the walk down the stairs and along the road past scenic coves took us just over an hour.
Lunch in Positano
We enjoyed lunch at one of the beachfront restaurants in the idyllic town of Positano after the walk. Take the time to explore the historic square and the colourful narrow boutique lined streets as you walk down towards the beach. There are many excellent cafes and restaurants to choose from in Positano.
When to go
April is perfect walking weather before the heat of summer arrives with peak crowds and prices. The colours and scent of the mauve wisteria and the lemon trees on the Amalfi coast in Spring are magic.
Our base – Amalfi
The town of Amalfi is an ideal base for walking and sightseeing, we walked from Amalfi to Ravello the following day. The ferry from Positano to Amalfi takes about half an hour and gives you the opportunity to view the beautiful Amalfi coast from the sea. Alternatively, the SITA bus winds its way through small towns along the edge of the coast from Positano to Amalfi, it takes about an hour and only costs two euros.
More Information – Path of the Gods
The dirt path is well sign posted and isn’t difficult. Wear a good pair of walking shoes as it’s rocky in parts, hiking boots aren’t necessary. Visit pathofgods.com for maps and bus timetables. Buy your bus ticket in Amalfi from the tobacco shop across the street from the bus parking area. Our bus driver called out when we got to the bus stop near the beginning of the path at Bomerano. Most people on the bus were going to the start of the walk. Walking East to West towards Positano is easier as Nocella (420m) is lower than Bomerano (650m)
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