Its name is really 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. 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 and from Positano. Ask the driver to let you off at the Bomerano stop. From here, follow the road signs which will lead you to the trailhead. 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 m down on foot. Otherwise, there is a bus route. From Positano, there are buses and ferries to return to Sorrento and Amalfi if your hotel is there. The most convenient way to begin your hike is by private transfer to the trailhead. You can book a transfer for a drop off at the trailhead, or for both a drop off and a pick up at the end of your hike. If you have also booked a pick up, your driver will meet you in Nocelle above Positano where the trail ends. This is also the least expensive option if you are hiking with a small group.
The path becomes more difficult as it passes through the Vallone Grarelle via a series of ascents and descents and breathtaking views 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.
Tip to fuel up before starting the hike:
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!
Things you should know before beginning the hike:
Departure point: Agerola or Praiano
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.
*I can provide you a hicking guide who will take you safely on the path and tell you everything about it.