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Hiking the Path of the Gods

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The Sentiero Degli Dei, more commonly known to tourists in Italy as the Path of the Gods, is arguably the most beautiful hike in the world. We have been wanting to hike this trail for a number of years, but each time we have visited the Amalfi coast we have struggled to leave the beach/pool. What we surmised from our research was far different from our conclusions after completing the hike. The problem is that there is a lot of misinformation online about this hike and not enough accurate reviews. Most people seem to walk part of the path and simply take some pictures, have a snack, and turn around. Hiking from Nocelle to Bomerano is about a 15 – 16 KM round-trip hike with an elevation gain of over 300 meters.

Dear Mama, 14 months without you has felt like an eternity. There have been so many times that I’ve grabbed my phone to call or text you this year when I’ve experienced something I wanted to share, had a thought, or needed your opinion. I’ve felt your energy and presence all around. I’ve listened to old voicemails you’ve left me about literal nonsense and have laughed, smiled, and cried all in a period of 60-90 seconds. It’s been hard, but you made me strong enough to deal with this life situation. You taught me everything I needed to know, and for that, I thank you. You truly were the best mom a son could ask for. You’ll always be here with me because you’ll always be in my heart. Happy Mother’s Day, mama, I love you! “To live in the hearts we leave behind is not to die.” -Thomas Campbell ➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖ Tupac – Dear Mama has been in my head all day Pour out some liquor and I reminisce, cause through the drama I can always depend on my mama And when it seems that I’m hopeless You say the words that can get me back in focus When I was sick as a little kid To keep me happy there’s no limit to the things you did And all my childhood memories Are full of all the sweet things you did for me And even though I act crazy I gotta thank the Lord that you made me There are no words that can express how I feel

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The reviews we read called the hike “easy” and “a beginner’s hike” that had a relatively simple difficulty level. In terms of skill level, the hike is probably more accurately intermediate. Add on heat, beating sun, and humidity, and it can be a bit strenuous at times. It isn’t  steep. You won’t need poles. But it is definitely physically challenging. But then again, just walking 15-16 KM on flat ground can be physically strenuous.

Getting to the trailhead of the Path of the Gods in Nocelle

We took a short bus ride (Something like 1.60 EUR each way) up to Nocelle and began our journey to Bomerano. The Path of the Gods is a fantastic hike for just about anyone. The hike itself is strenuous, but we saw a number of elderly people managing just fine in khakis and jeans. Considering the summer heat, we would not advise this (nor would they after our brief conversations with them).

Hiking from Nocelle to Bomerano

The Path of the Gods really is whatever you make it. You can do like the aforementioned groups and hike out a bit, eat some snacks, and turn back. You can hike from Nocelle down to Praiano. You can hike from Nocelle all the way to Agerola or Bomerano. If you’re too tired when you reach one of those towns, you can always take a bus back. Or, you can do like we did and hike to Bomerano, have lunch, and hike all the way back. In total, it took us about 4 or 5 hours to hike to Bomerano, enjoy a delicious farm to table lunch, and hike back. It was definitely a day well spent on the Amalfi Coast.

Tips for hiking the Path of the Gods

  1. Bring a backpack with snacks – but also plan to stop and eat in Bomerano or Agerola
  2. Wear lots of sunscreen
  3. Drink lots of water
  4. Bring a camera if you have one – the hike is the most gorgeous hike we have experienced in our lives. You’re going to want to take photos along the way
  5. Comment below with any questions or concerns you might have. We would be happy to help!

 

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