Walk The Path of the Gods (Sentiero Degli Dei in Italian)
“No matter how old you are, whether keen on hiking or not, the Path of Gods, set in breathtaking natural beauty, is a must for anybody wants to deeply explore the marvels of the Amalfi Coast.
Note: The Walk starts in Bomerano and finishes in Positano but you can cut the walk short and stop for lunch in Nocelle and catch the local bus down to Positano. The whole walk will take you around 4 1/2 hours but if you don’tstop in Nocelle it should take around 3 hours.You will need good walking shoes, water, hat and camera, of course.
So, if you are in perfect health, do not hesitate… Just go!
Bomerano, small village close by Agerola, at the foot of the mountains between Sorrento and Amalfi, is the starting point for excursionists (specially German and Anglo-Saxon), that run across the “Sentiero degli Dei” (the Path of Gods) towards Arienzo di Positano (about 1 Km far from Positano).
The Path of Gods crosses, halfway up the hill, one of the most spectacular and wild gorges of the Amalfi Coast. Once reached the small village of Nocelle, you will have two options, take the bus or
continue towards Montepertuso, where the path plunges along a ancient paved alley to the historical centre and gorgeous sea in Positano.
The name, quite rhetorical, is due to some aerial exposed stretches (made much more comfortable thanks to recent layouts), the magnificent views of the sea and splendid hamlets of Vettica Maggiore and Furore located just below the path. From above you’ll admire, impending over the sea, the extremely steep and wild noses of “Sant’Angelo a Tre Pizzi”, the highest summit of the Sorrento Peninsula.
In spite of the name, the Path of Gods is an extraordinary monument to the work and exertion of the Man that, throughout the ages, has been able to colonize even the most impracticable places on the Amalfi Coast.
Today the path is still used by farmers, woodsmen and shepherds, as it touches old vineyards clung to the mountain: the species of grape cultivated in the area is called “ped’e palomma” (the most ancient vine in Campania)
Beside the path, you’ll find caves and terraces dropping from the cliffs to the sea and deep valleys. The caves host pens, folds, depots and other constructions. Of the vertical faces, with a dolomitic look, overlooking the path, you’ll admire their elegant glides, peregrine and kestrel falcons, coming out their aeries.
You should depart from the main square in Bomerano: arriving there by car, you might be better parking on leaving the village, towards Furore. Once there you’ll find a road sign to Positano, Praiano and Furore. You should start making your way towards the town of Furore.
After an asphalted street, you have to continue through the bizarre rocky cliffs of Grotta del Biscotto. Here you’ll need a camera if you want to capture the magnificent scenery and mesmerizing views of Capri and the Bay of Naples.
Once passed over the ruins of a farmhouse, go down to the valley floor, walking along vineyards and continuing until the foot of a craggy rock, over which the member of Napoli CAI (Club of Italian Alpinists) have placed a tombstone, in memory of Giustino Fortunato (the economist who named the Path). At few metres uphill you will find the pass of Colle La Serra (580m), leaving on the left side a path to Praiano, and on the right an wonderful itinerary marked by the Italian Hiking Federation.
It takes roughly 45 minutes from Bomerano: you can stop here and go back, if you are not determined to finish the whole journey… but if you are in good healthy conditions, we strongly suggest you to carry on. You won’t regret the choice!
Following a winding route, with several ups and downs, cross the imposing Vallone Grarelle and reach the tiny village of Nocelle (440m).
From here you can walk down to Montepertuso, rather then passing an ancient lane to reach Positano, where you will finally cool down with a drink in one of the marvellous cafés or decide to hike up your overdraft in the town’s chic shops