Sentiero degli Dei, or Path of the Gods, is a breathtaking mountain path along the cliffs of the Amalfi Coast. The name of the hike is only a slight indication of the amazing scenery and views you will encounter — from the shimmering Mediterranean to the magnificent views of Capri and Positano.
Where to Start
There are several options on where to start your hike. The most popular area to begin is in Bomerano, located in Agerola. To reach Agerola, you must take a bus from Amalfi Town. Simply tell the bus driver you are planning to do the Path of the Gods hike and he or she will point you in the right direction of the trailhead.
We stayed in Positano, so to reach Agerola, it would have required us to take a bus or ferry to Amalfi Town, followed by a bus ride to Agerola. Based on the bus and ferry schedule, this option would have taken at least two hours to reach Agerola, so we opted to start our hike in Praiano.
Praiano is 20 minute bus ride from Positano (best known for its beaches!). A huge forewarning — starting your hike in Praiano will require you to ascend over 1,000 steps to access the trailhead. (At the time, 1,000 steps didn’t seem like a lot… until we were a quarter of the way up, dripping sweat, and I found myself questioning whether it was mine or Alex’s decision to do such a crazy, steep hike!) If you start in Praiano, follow the red and white signs to the Convent of San Domenico. From here, you will be able to access the Path of the Gods.
Starting our hike in Praiano
Many religious memorials along the trail, commemorating the Gods
More religious memorials…
Convent of San Domenico
Looking back to Convent of San Domenico (…and after climbing all those steps, we didn’t think we’d have to climb even higher!)
Follow the red and white signs and you’ll make your way to Nocello!
Absorb the Magnificent Beauty of the Path of the Gods
The Path of the Gods is a once-in-a-lifetime experience. There is nothing like hiking above the shimmering Mediterranean, getting lost in the magnificent views of Capri, exploring ancient ruins, and descending upon the beautiful village of Positano. It was amazing to walk the same exact path primitive travelers and settlers once utilized — the only connection between the villages of the Amalfi Coast. There is no question as to how this hike earned its name!
Do you spy the crazy, curvy road? We weren’t brave enough to rent a moped! Do you blame us?!
We stumbled upon the ruins of an old house — I can’t imagine trekking this path daily!
These views! Positano in the distance
Do you spy the big yachts below? The Real Housewives of OC were also on holiday in Positano!
You’ve Reached Nocello… Now What?
With the Path of the Gods behind you, relish the amazing accomplishment of finishing the hike! Next, enjoy some fresh lemonade in Lemon Point (located in the church square). To reach Positano, you have two options: wait for the bus in Nocello or descend 1,500 steps to Positano. We chose the latter because the views kept getting better and better. Plus, the beach was calling our name!
Hiking down from Nocello to Positano
Church of Santa Maria Assunta in Positano
Swimming in the Mediterranean after our Path of the Gods hike never felt better!
How to Prep for the Path of the Gods
The Path of the Gods hike is no easy feat. You will be ascending and descending thousands of steep steps and trekking different terrain. We were so happy to have worn athletic shoes as we saw many people slipping and falling in sandals. Make sure to bring lots of water! We found water fountains near the Convent of San Domenico and in Nocello. Also, start early! We started our hike around 11am, but by then, the sun was high in the sky and it was very hot. Had we planned better (read: if the buses ran more frequently), we would have been on the trail by 9am.
We saw several companies offering private tours of the Path of the Gods, but based on our experience, the path is so well marked, it isn’t necessary to hire a guide.