Yes, the Path of the Gods (Sentiero degli Dei) is a trail through the countryside so is always open and free. Local authorities close the trail if there are nearby wildfires or landslides that make it dangerous for hikers and walkers.
No, there are stretches along the trail that skirt the cliffside and there is no protective railing, so we do not recommend attempting the trail with young children. Older children can take on the trail, but keep in mind that it takes about four hours to hike the entire length. It is not paved, so not accessible to strollers or pushchairs. You can carry an infant in a carrier or backpack, but time your hike early or late to avoid the midday sun.
To get to the trailhead for the Path of the Gods, take the Sita to Agerola from Amalfi. Once take the trail back to Positano, you need to return via Sita bus or walk down to the Positano port to catch the ferry to Amalfi that runs from April to October. In the summer, there is also an Amalfi - Agerola shuttle bus managed by Travelmar, the ferry company, that offers the service to their clients.
There is free street parking (marked by white painted lines) in Bomerano near the trailhead, but spaces are limited. If you don't find space available, there is paid parking near the stadium that costs EUR 5/day.
April/May and September/October are the best times of year. You can hike the trail all year long, but during the summer months the sun beats down on the trail at midday and in the winter heavy rains sometimes cause small landslides. We recommend checking the weather forecast before setting off along the trail.
The trail is well-marked and you can follow it on your own, but a guide offers interesting insights about the landscape and surrounding area and additional safety along the trail.
Keep in mind that the Path of the Gods is a mountain hiking trail, not a tourist attraction, Do not attempt to hike the trail in flipflops! We suggest hiking boots or shoes or sturdy shoes with non-slip soles. If you are hiking in summer, wear a sun hat and sunblock. In the spring and fall, pack a windbreaker in your backpack in case it rains.
You can stop for a picnic along the trail or for a sit-down lunch at a restaurant in Nocelle. In Agerola, there are a number of excellent delis and food shops to pick up picnic supplies (make sure to buy the local fiordilatte mozzarella). Otherwise, hike the trail to Nocelle and then stop for lunch at one of the charming local restaurants there, including Ristorante Santa Croce, la Tagliata, or il Ritrovo.