SENTIERO DEGLI DEI
I have been on a lot of epic hikes in a lot of epic places - Yosemite, Arches National Park, Sierra Nevada (Tahoe and Spain!), Cinque Terre, Cascades, Patagonia, North Bay of San Francisco etc. etc. etc. My hiking expectations are quite high, but sometimes even my own high expectations are shattered. This hike did just that.
Aptly named The God's Pathway, the Sentiero degli Dei is a sweeping coastal pathway connecting Agerola (high above Amalfi) to Nocelle (just outside Positano). From Amalfi hop on the Sita bus (tickets can be purchased from any of the souvenier shops or cafes in the main square by the waterfront) from the main square to Agerola (get off at the first Agerola stop - Bomerano). Follow the signs to lead you to the start of the path. For the duration of the hike, the path will be marked with white and red signs, sometimes on signs (below) and sometimes painted on rocks and walls.
Agerola is known for fior di latte, a special kind of fresh mozzarella. If you a fancy a snack on your hike, stop in a salumeria in town and pick up some fior di latte and bread to munch on mid hike.
The 7.8km hike is not particularly strenuous in this direction and could be hiked by people of all ages. The scenery includes cliff side agriculture, stunning coastline, and impressive rock formations. Old buildings are nestled into the hills and the occasional goat or sheep will cross your path. You can gaze out onto the horizon or watch the boats cross back and forth across the deep blue water. Both Praiano and Positano can be viewed from above, and on a clear day Capri can be seen far down along the coast. The path ends in Nocelle, a beautiful little mini-town just above Positano. Stop here for a snack at a local restaurant or hop on the Sita bus to Positano (runs every hour) and enjoy the rest of the afternoon beachside or perusing the shopping.