Nocelle is the official trail end, and many continue to Positano by taking a SITA BUS down. Positano is not only a must-see coastal village but an ideal basecamp to get back to where you are staying.
The trail is a public hiking path, free to access and remains open unless closed due to extreme weather conditions that can make the course dangerous for hikers and walkers.
Path of the Gods map after starting from the Bomerana trailhead.
The Path of the Gods was a core part of our Amalfi Coast itinerary, and we structured our visit so we would be up in the hills with easier access to the trail.
Things to Know About the Path of the Gods Hike
Sun protection. Have plenty of sun cream to hand and a hat. The sun comes beating down on these mountain tops, and only small sections of the path are forested or partially shaded.
The narrow ridge pathways and wide bay views.
Where Does the Path of Gods Start and End?
Touted as a core attraction, knowing where to start, when to go, and how to get to the Path of the Gods trailhead can still be confusing when choosing where to stop along the more than 50km stretch of scenic Amalfi coastline.
Proper, sturdy hiking shoes. This is an actual hiking trail with a combination of light gravel and rocky pathways. You’ll need boots or trail runners with good terrain grip and ankle support.
The path almost immediately opens to a terraced valley with a sea view, past the ruins of stone houses – the relics of old settlements. When you reach the drinking tap, fill up and follow the sign in the direction of Nocelle-Positano. The other points to the path that leads to Praiano – a tiny coastal village with another Path of the Gods trailhead. Some hikers start here and walk up to the ridge.
The Path of the Gods Hike – Following the Amalfi Coast Mountain Trail
How Difficult Is the Path of the Gods Hike?
Eager to continue? Nocelle is where you can take the 1500 steps down to Positano – part of an ancient path that was the only connection between the two hamlets. They say only the crazy continue down this route, so we did. I still can’t decide if we regretted it or not, but we got some strange looks in Positano when we rocked up looking beaten. You’ve been warned.
Food and Snacks. Start by grabbing breakfast in Bomerano square. This hike requires some stamina, so fuel is vital. I recommend Panificio Manna Antonio bakery or stop for a coffee and pastry at Chéri Café or Caffetteria il Ritrovo.
The Path of the Gods starts in Bomerano, in the region of Agerola in the Amalfi hills and ends in the hilltop hamlet of Nocelle, located above Positano.
This adds an extra hour to your hike on this steep descent.
Part of the 1500 step walk down to Positano.
When Is the Best Time to Hike the Path of the Gods?
Is this the best view of the hike? The view of Positano and Capri in the distance.
A reusable water bottle. Not only to limit single-use plastics, which is already a considerable problem in this touristic region but because there are a handful of public water taps to refill your bottle along the way.
Take the ferry. From Positano to Amalfi (€9, 15 minutes). From Positano to Sorrento (€16.00, 30 minutes).
Starting Path of the Gods – Getting to the Trail
You are going to be thirsty, hungry, hot, and exhausted. Here’s how to make the hike as comfortable as possible.
The buses to Agerola are rammed every evening, so here’s a tip. Before starting the hike, find the Travelamar travel office in Bomerano Square and book a combo ticket that includes the ferry from Positano to Amalfi and a private bus back to Agerola for €15. It saves the hassle of the bus scrum at the end of a tiring day.
Getting back to Sorrento and Amalfi
Take a ferry or the SITA Bus to Amalfi (1 hour), then change to the SITA Bus to Agerola (50 minutes – 1 hour).
In the final section, rounding a tight corner, you’ll stop in your tracks at the final showcase of this hike and all its scenic views. You’ll know because other hikers gather in this layby on a higher path, admiring the picture-perfect view of Positano and Capri from this ultimate vantage point. The last enchantment, the pinnacle of this journey, before you scramble through a short forest section, gaining some incline before the downhill into Nocelle.
Travelling from Amalfi to Bomerano
Ask your accommodation hosts for recommendations of guides available in the area you are staying in.
Sentiero degli Dei’s spectacular scenery.
- A single journey Corsa Singola ticket costs €2.40.
- Validate your ticket on the bus if the driver doesn’t rip your ticket upon boarding.
The Sentiero degli Dei Experience
Stacked cliff-tops and terraced hills at the start of the Sentiero degli Dei hike.
Entering Nocelle, it’s a rite of passage to end your hike with spremute (juice) or a granita (crushed ice) at Lemon Point. I guarantee it will be (and feel like) one of the best Amalfi lemon refreshments of your life.
On a trail from Bomerano to Nocelle that stretches along the ridges of the Lattari mountain range, the Path of the Gods hike, locally known as Sentiero degli Dei, is not only one of the most spectacular things to do on the Amalfi coast but one of the most beautiful hikes in the world.
Layers, such as a lightweight jacket. Earlier starts will be chilly, and you’ll need to easily strip down as the heat comes.
The best time to hike the Path of the Gods is in the milder weather seasons: Spring (April/May) and Autumn (September/October), when it’s neither too hot nor with the risk of heavy rains that can cause the trail to be treacherous and at risk of landslides.
This typically takes 3-4 hours to complete, depending on your speed and if you stop for breaks.
One of the steeper rocky pathways on the Path of the Gods trail.
Path of the Gods End – Getting Back to Amalfi Coast Towns
Up in the Amalfi Coast hills.
Travelling from Sorrento to Bomerano
The stairs down to Positano are not for the fainthearted or those with joint sensitivity on steep descents.
The region of Agerola, Amalfi – the start of the Path of the Gods.
We stayed in Albachiara – a family-run house in the Amalfi hills in the village of Agerola. Situated a little higher than Bomerano, it was a short 15-minute bus ride down to Bomerano and the start of the hike and saved the long journey up from Amalfi.
Tips for a Successful Trek on the Path of the Gods
The good news is that it’s not a multi-day, arduous expedition. The half-day journey is an accessible pathway over-looking the Gulf of Salerno in southern Italy. One that makes you feel closer to the sky at 500 metres above sea level than the coastal, cliff stacked towns of Sorrento, Ravello, Amalfi and Positano below. The heavens of Amalfi.
What to Pack for the Day Hike
The Sentiero degli Dei is a 7-kilometre trail that softly twists and turns along mountain ridges with coastal cliff-drop views, round narrow cliff-top trails and through patches of forest.
While the trek is easy enough to do solo, well-marked and well-versed by other trekkers, you might want to join a walking tour for some camaraderie. Those with less hiking experience might feel better being with a guide who knows the route and terrain better.
Day hikes and multi-day trekking expeditions are a huge part of my travels all over the world. If Italy’s Path of the Gods sets your mind to bigger challenges, check out these trek guides to get you started on planning global mountain adventures.
The first section of the trail is mostly flat and winding, and the second half of the hike gets steeper and rockier. This requires a little clambering, and there is a small section of back-to-back inclines and descents.
What to Wear / Best Hiking Gear
The Latteri Mountain landscape.
Travelling from Positano to Bomerano
Path of the Gods Walking Tours
Beyond its natural beauty, its name also references the mythological tale in the story of Homer’s ‘The Odyssey‘. Ulysses, seduced by the winged Sirens of Capri who lured sailors to shipwreck, called upon the Greek gods to save him. The path was forged in this act of divine intervention.
Those who fear heights and suffer from vertigo might struggle as this hike is along open ridges and narrow paths overlooking the coastline.
Where to Stay for Amalfi Coast Hiking
You can reach Bomerano by the SITA buses (towards San Lazzaro and Agerola) departing from Amalfi. Ask the driver to let you off at the Bomerano stop – they are used to emptying the hikers out here.
On the Path of the Gods, you feel closer to the sky than on the Amalfi Coast.
Further Hiking and Trekking Inspiration
You must buy in advance from travel kiosks and tobacco stores that display the SITA logo. There is no way to purchase tickets on board, and it is worth purchasing a few to last for the days you are in the area. The Path of the Gods is a journey along green mountain ridges.