A legendary route
The starting point for the organised trek is Agerola, a village in the Monti Lattari in the shadow of the Lauritano Castle surrounded by dense vegetation.
This is where the Sentiero degli Dei (the Path of the Gods) starts, a hiking trail just under 8km long that reaches Nocelle, a hamlet of Positano, offering new hikers spectacular views of the Gulf of Salerno, the Faraglioni of Capri, Punta Campanella and the entire Sorrento Peninsula.
Italo Calvino praised this path as 'a world suspended over the magical Gulf of the Sirens' and his words are engraved on a colourful ceramic plaque at the entrance to the trail.
History tells us that this path was created during the Bourbon era to create a communication route between the various coastal villages, but the legend is quite different. It is said that when Ulysses had himself tied to the mast of his ship, with wax plugs in his ears, so that he could listen unharmed to the magnificent song of the Sirens on the island of Li Galli, the gods decided to descend to Earth to avoid a shipwreck. The gods, however, fell far from the island and came to Odysseus' rescue, literally ploughing the ground and thus creating the Path of the Gods.
Today the path is practically unspoilt, with virtually no human presence except for the presence of wooden balustrades, the red and white CAI signs that are responsible for its maintenance and a few wooden benches that allow for a quick refreshment (with the help of fresh water springs).
Discovering the Path of the Gods
The first part of the path, up to Santa Maria del Castello, is certainly the most challenging, being essentially all uphill, while the "lower" path to Nocelle is fairly easy. Along the path you are literally enveloped in silence and the Mediterranean scrub of rosemary, holm oaks, strawberry trees and heather. There are also vines, prickly pears and citrus trees that make the salty air even more aromatic.
As you walk along what is considered one of the most enchanting paths in the world, you will come across a 15th-century convent dedicated to San Domenico, the Grotta del Biscotto, rich in sediments dating back to the Pliocene era, and, a little further on, small rocky settlements. When you see these houses clinging to the rock, you feel as if you are in front of a community of anchorites who have chosen the path to live isolated from the rest of the world. Don't miss the Pistillo, a limestone spire considered one of the symbols of the trail.
Point of arrival is Nocelle, a hamlet of Positano located on the side of Mount Pertuso: a staircase of 1550 steps separates it from Positano below, which is easy to reach after having had a refreshing lemonade or an invigorating lemon granita at the kiosk at the end of the Sentiero degli Dei.
This package gives you some time to visit the beauties of Positano, from the Church of Santa Maria Assunta, famous for its splendid majolica dome, to the Roman Archaeological Museum. We end this intense day by returning to Tramonti by private bus from Amalfi, to be reached by ferry.
This proposal, in addition to a spectacular trekking experience, includes 2 nights in B&B, agritourism or holiday homes in the village of Tramonti, 2 dinners in a characteristic local trattoria with wine tasting and transport services.
Trekking route: length 10km, duration 5h
Arrival of the participants and accommodation in the reserved structure. Time at disposal. Dinner and overnight stay.
Saturday, Path of the Gods:
At 07:30 departure for the trekking route that from Agerola will lead us to the famous Positano. We will reach Agerola by private bus, and after a short coffee break we will set out on the Sentiero degli Dei. Wild pastures, legends and breathtaking views of the peninsula will accompany us throughout the walk to the characteristic village of Nocelle, where we will make a short stop to taste a delicious lemon granita and have a lunch break. We will arrive in the early afternoon in Positano where there will be free time to visit this wonderful village, or just go shopping, and then return to Amalfi by ferry, so we can see the Amalfi Coast by sea for the last time. In Amalfi there will be a private bus waiting to take us back to Tramonti. Dinner and overnight stay.
In the morning DOC wine tasting in a local winery. In the afternoon return to the places of origin.
|From 01 April to 30 June - From 01 September to 31 October||€ 250,00 per person|
|From 01 July to 31 August||€ 270,00 per person|
|Suppl. 3rd bed for children up to 12 years old
Suppl. 3rd bed Adults
Suppl. breakfast in Farmhouse and B&B
|€ 15,00 per night
€ 20,00 per night
€ 5,00 per day per person