Sentiero degli Dei, Path of Gods, Naples Italy

THE PATH OF GODS

In Blog, Italy by thedustyroad

The Path of Gods is a well trodden path between Bomerano and Nacelle, small townships that rest high above the Amalfi coastline, a famous stretch of coast south of Sorrento. Traditionally named Sentiero deli Dei (which translates to the Path of Gods), legends tell the stories of the Gods coming down to earth and forming the pathway to reach the sea. After walking the pathway, it is easy to understand how the legend came about.

Sentiero degli Dei, Path of Gods, Naples Italy

Embarking on our hike along the Path of Gods we were met by some beautiful scenery. The terraces were covered in grapevines waiting for the summer months to produce their fruit.


Sentiero degli Dei, Path of Gods, Naples Italy

Throughout the day we were met by these incredible viewpoints, however, they were not for the faint hearted. Sheer cliffs dropped for hundreds of meters below.


Sentiero degli Dei, Path of Gods, Naples Italy

It was incredible to walk so high above the townships. A completely different perspective from above.


Sentiero degli Dei, Path of Gods, Naples Italy

As we wandered further along the path I became more and more in awe of the farmers. To say it is difficult terrain is an understatement!


Sentiero degli Dei, Path of Gods, Naples Italy

The turning point in the walk marked a beautiful lookout and provided incredible views of the Amalfi Coast below

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Sentiero degli Dei, Path of Gods, Naples Italy

After cruising along the path for a couple of hours we reached this point, where we could see our final destination. While the path links Bomerano and Nacelle, we were headed for Positano, where we would be able to catch the train back to Naples.

Sentiero degli Dei, Path of Gods, Naples Italy
Sentiero degli Dei, Path of Gods, Naples Italy

Sentiero degli Dei, Path of Gods, Naples Italy

Enjoying the panoramic views


Sentiero degli Dei, Path of Gods, Naples Italy

Enjoying the hike. We opted to walk downhill and this portion of the track was one of the few that took us on an incline. The perfect kind of hike for me!


Sentiero degli Dei, Path of Gods, Naples Italy

It was amazing to see how the people cut into the hillside to build towns and villages. It must have been so difficult to access the area when the towns were initially developed.


Sentiero degli Dei, Path of Gods, Naples Italy

Arriving in Positano not a minute too soon. The town is beautiful and the Path of Gods walk was fantastic.


Sentiero degli Dei, Path of Gods, Naples Italy

A well earned rest while waiting for the bus back to Sorrento

Accessing the Path of Gods…

We travelled from Naples and completed the hike as a day trip. It was a really long day, but easily manageable. Getting up early, we caught a train to Sorrento around 6.30am, followed by the 8.30am bus to Amalfi. Arriving around 10am we spent a few hours exploring the Amalfi township, which is beautiful and well worth exploring. We then caught a bus around midday to Bomerano, which is the where we opted to start the hike. Prior research indicated there are two ways you can travel; east to west or west to east. The important part of the translation is one way takes you uphill, the other downhill. We started in Bomerano, the top of the hill, as I am not a fan of walking uphill and it is certainly not one of my strengths.

The path itself is about 6km long and we managed it easily in about an hour and a half, which included regular stops to admire the view. From Nacelle you have the option to continue walking or catch a bus. We walked the remaining distance to Positano, which I think was another 5-6km (I could be wrong here). We arrived at the bus stop, waiting about an hour before jumping on the bus back to Sorrento to catch a corresponding train to Naples. By the time we got back to Naples it was about 7pm; we were exhausted but it was an amazing day!