Path of the gods along the Almalfi coast just south of Naples
This walk follows a foot path connecting the village of Bomerano (Agerola) with the town of Positano on the Amalfi coast. The ancient path is well maintained and is noteworthy for its incredible views.
The path lies in an area currently known as the Campania region of Italy. The region is further divided into the Caserta, Benevento, Avellino, Naples and Salerno provinces. The hike begins in the Naples Provence and ends in the Salerno Provence. The region has a rich history spanning millennia, one could spend several life times learning about events and people who have interacted here. The more recent past include lists of rulers that crisscross various royal European houses, battles, and treaties. Some place names include the Kingdom of two Sicilies, the Kingdom of Naples, and the Country of Sicily. Going further back traces through the Duchy of Naples and the Duchy of Amalfi with roots in the Byzantine Empire. Prior to that the Roman Empire, Republic, and Kingdom. There are also Greek colonial ruins nearby.
The hike begins in the town center of Bomerano. It leaves towards the south on a small road (Via Pennino) leading out of the village. There are signs along the way that are very easy to follow. After crossing Via Sentiero degli dei the trail bends right cutting off a loop on the road. Within about a half mile from the start the final bit of asphalt ends and the foot path begins.
The first part of the path is a public walking street. It provides access to active farms, vineyards, and forests. The second bit of country is not cultivated, although there are goats grazing though out. The entire length is lovely, with panoramic views of the sea and the island of Capri in the distance along the steep rocky coast line.
The trail portion of the hike ends in Nicelle. There are several options to continue from this point. The Sentiero degli dei continues on to the town center of Positano and can be reached by local bus, stairs to Arienzo, or a combination of road, trail, stair to Positano.
Access is not hard but not speaking Italian did present a slight challenge. The GPS log posted starts at a parking lot near the trail head. If you haven't traveled in Italy, you may not realize the value of parking :-), this is a beautiful lot in the perfect location. At the other end of the log is a small convenience store on the primary road (SS163) leading back to Almalfi. You can purchase bus tickets (for both bus rides) here and the bus stops at the green gate across from a produce market a few handful meters before the store. When you get to the plaza in Almalfi change buses, look for one heading to Agerola. Get off on the Bomerano stop and walk a block back to the city center/parking lot. It seems a bit confusing, Agerola and Bomarano seem to be used interchangeably, but on maps they are shown as separate places. Bus tickets were one Euro fifty each.
There are water spigots at a couple of places along the trail. I think their primary use is for the pack animals that are used to haul timber, farm produce, and building materials and don't know if they are potable.
There is a sign for camping in Agerola but it didn't look like a camp ground, more like a picnic area. Perhaps there are others nearby.
Gate Policy: If a gate is closed upon arrival, leave it closed after you go through. If it is open, leave it open. Leaving a closed gate open may put cattle in danger. Closing an open gate may cut them off from water. Please be respectful, leave gates as found.
This hike is listed as One-Way.
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