The Path of the Gods

The towns of Sorrento and Amalfi, Positano and Ravello are not the only attractions of Sorrento and Amalfi Coast.

Between the hills and surrounded by greenery there is a pathway perfect for a hike, which has been named for its beauty the Path of Gods, as it seems you walk suspended between the sky and the sea. It connects Amalfi Coast and Sorrento Coast and it is divided in two parts. The first one, lesser known, is the most tiresome, due to its altimetrical difference, and it goes from the village of Santa Maria del Castello, very close to Praiano, to the hamlet of Bomerano, a village next to Agerola, where the real trail begins.
You can also start the trail from here. This part is definitely more suggestive, and more manageable, as it’s downward (unless you start from the other side obviously), and it includes, walking between the stone ruins, farms, vineyards and flocks of sheep, running above fishing villages, beaches, and the coastal road, the best stage of the trail, the convent of San Domenico, with its frescos dating from the Renaissance, in whose cloister you can taste a lemon granita, mulberries right off the trees and a plate of cheese prepared by the guardian of the monastery.

After reaching the small, characteristic hamlet of Nocelle, the hiker can continue till arriving, in 30 minutes, to Positano, where you have to walk down around 1700 steps. Just a few minutes walking, and you are inmersed in the cosmopolitan, glamorous atmosphere of Positano. If you are tired and don’t want to come back by using the same trail, you can take a bus from Positano to Bomerano or Praiano.

The trail was used in the past by the inhabitants of Amalfi coast, before the opening of the new road between Agerola and Positano. From the peasants to the wealthy traders, everyone was obliged to follow these pathways on foot or on the backs of donkeys, mules or horses, often with no shoes or loaded with agricultural environment.
It’s an experience that relaxes your mind and puts you in contact with the environment. If you are lucky you can see rabbits and snakes running to the bushes, besides sheep, goats, lizards and plenty of birds and butterflies. You can hardly hear any noise besides the voices of the animals, far from the crowd, the traffic and the touristic coaches. Autumn and Spring are definitely the best months recommended to walk the trail, and the sunshine from the top of the pathway is just breathtaking.

You just need some care if you face the journey on summer, as it takes around 4/5 hours. Just remember wearing some trekking shoes, a hat and carrying a bottle of water and possibly some sandwich. Also, the experience is not completely advisable for children due to the enormous number of steps especially from Nocelle to Positano, but it’s an effort that will be rewarded by the beautiful landscape, with views of the Gulf that embrace Capri and Salerno, the smells of lemons and mimosas, cactus pears and palms, olive groves and vineyards, the shades of green of the trees and the blue of the sea and the sky, that give you a taste of paradise.


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