Il Sentiero degli Dei
The Sentiero degli Dei links the tiny hilltop town of Agerola with Nocelle, a fraction of Positano nestled on the slopes of Monte Peruso.
The name of the footpath, The Path of the Gods, is an indication of the spectacular scenery enroute. Ideally, walkers should walk from Agerola to Nocelle, and not vice-versa; the route runs gently downhill from this direction, with magnificent views of the Amalfi Coast and the island of Capri.
- Things you should know before beginning the hike:
- Departure point: Agerola or Praiano Private transfer for the Path of the Gods
- Arrival point: Nocelle, a hamlet above Positano
- Duration: about 3 hrs
- Length: 7.8 km
- Difficulty: easy. The path is not suitable for those who suffer from vertigo.
The Path of the Gods begins in Bomerano, a fraction of Agerola. Walkers can reach Agerola by one of the Sita buses which depart from Amalfi. Ask the driver to let you off at the Bomerano stop. From here, follow the road signs which will lead you to the trailhead.
From Positano: Bus to Amalfi + bus Amalfi-Agerola (2 hours)
From Sorrento: Bus to Amalfi via Positano + bus Amalfi-Agerola (3 hours)
The trail ends in Nocelle, the upper part of Positano. You can reach the center of Positano by taking the 1,500 steps about 500 down on foot. Otherwise, there is a bus route. From Positano, there are buses and ferries to return to Sorrento and Amalfi.
If you are arriving with your own car, you'll need to park in Agerola and return to pick it up by walking back along the path or taking the bus from Positano.
You can also start the Sentiero degli Dei from Praiano, but this route entails climbing up a long flight of steps to reach the Colle Serra Pass, some 580 meters above sea level.
The route is marked by white and red signs with 02 written on them. From Colle Serra, walkers make their way downhill until reaching a fountain; to the left of the fountain there is a former mule path which begins in Praiano.
The Sentiero degli Dei continues along the road to the right. Below, along the road used by hikers who start off the trail from Praiano, the Convent of San Domenico can be seen.
At this point the scenery changes: from hills dotted with just a few shrubs, where walkers frequently come across grazing sheep and goats, to a typically Mediterranean landscape littered with holm-oaks, arbutus, heather and rosemary.
The path becomes more difficult as it passes through the Vallone Grarelle via a series of ascents and descents and breathtaking panoramas until reaching Nocelle, a fraction of Positano.
In ancient times, Nocelle could only be reached on foot by way of a steep flight of steps beginning in Positano. Today, walkers can decide whether to make their way downhill by bus or on foot via the 1500 steps which lead to the district of Arienzo.
In the summer, it is well worth descending a further 300 steps to the Arienzo beach, where you can enjoy a refreshing swim in the sea.
From Arienzo, following the SS163 for about 1 kilometer, walkers soon reach the center of Positano.
A tip from Positano.com
Agerola is famous for its fiordilatte, a unique type of fresh mozzarella cheese.
Before you start the walk, stop off in one of the town's salumeria, where you can purchase some focaccia and fior di latte to sustain you during the journey: the perfect ingredients for a picnic worthy of the gods!
If you'd rather have something a little more substantial, once past the village of Nocelle, continue for about 1 kilometer along the recently constructed lane to the La Tagliata restaurant, where you can dine on the terrace, enjoying delicious food and a marvelous view of the sea and the island of Capri.
Is the trail open all year round?
Yes, the Path of the Gods is always open and always free. The local authorities occasionally close the trail in case of danger, including wildfires or falling rocks.
Is the trail recommended for children?
No, there are a number of stretches along the trail that skirt the edge of the cliff and do not have any guardrails, so we do not recommend attempting the hike with small children. Older children can take on the hike, keeping in mind that it can take up to 4 hours to reach the end. The trail is not accessible via stroller or pushchair, but you can take infants along the route in a front or backpack as long as you avoid the midday hours when there is no shade.
How can I reach the Path of the Gods via public transportation?
You can take the Sita bus from Amalfi to Agerola to reach the trailhead. Once you reach Positano at the end of the hike, you will need to take the Sita bus back or walk down to the Positano pòrt to catch the ferry to Amalfi (ferries run from April to October). There is a shuttle service between Amalfi and Agerola in the summer months run by the Travelmar ferry company for their passengers.
Is there parking near the Path of the Gods?
There is limited free public parking (marked by white painted lines) in Bomerano near the trailhead. If the free parking is full, there is additional parking near the stadium for EUR 5/day.
When is the best time of year to hike the Path of the Gods?
The best months to take on the route are April/May and September/October. You can hike the trail at any time of year, but during the hottest summer months, there is very little shade and during the wet winter months, parts of the trail often wash out or are blocked by small landslides. We suggest checking the weather forecast before setting off on your hike.
Can I explore the trail on my own, or do I need to hire a guide?
The trail is relatively straight and well-marked, so easy to take on without a guide. That said, a guide offers added safety and insights about the flora and fauna along the route.
What equipment do I need to hike the Path of the Gods?
Always keep in mind that the Path of the Gods is a serious hiking trail, not a tourist attraction. You need to take on the route with adequate gear, and not beach flip flops and a bathing suit. We suggest hiking boots or shoes with a non-slip sole, and a sun hat for those hiking in the summer. Be sure to bring a light waterproof jacket if hiking in the spring or fall.
Are there places to eat along the Path of the Gods?'
You can stop for a picnic along the trail, or have lunch at a restaurant in the village of Nocelle. In Agerola, there is an excellent deli where you can pick up picnic supplies (including their famed fiordilatte cheese, or end your hike in Nocelle at one of the traditional restaurants like Ristorante Santa Croce, la Tagliata, or il Ritrovo.
To avoid the hassle of organizing the logistics on your own, the best bet is booking a tour with transfers to and from the trail included
Tours from Sorrento and Positano to the Path of the Gods
Departure from: Sorrento
Duration 5 hours
- Hassle-free transfers from and to Sorrento
- A guide for the duration of the hike
- Breathtaking views along the trail
Departure from: Pompeii, Sorrento, Castellammare di Stabia
Duration 4 hours
- Transportation included
- Spectacular Amalfi Coast views
- Expert local hiking guide
You can also opt for a private tour with a driver to the trailhead and a hiking guide along the route
Departure from: Naples, Sorrento, Amalfi, Salerno
Duration 8 hours
- A guide on the trail
- Transportation included
- Lunch at a country restaurant
Or choose a transfer that includes a stop in Positano
Departure from: Naples, Sorrento
Duration 8 hours
- Private transfer from Sorrento or Naples with air-conditioned vehicle and professional driver, including time to visit Positano.