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 hiking the Path of the Gods 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.
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.
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 the Path of the Gods really can be whatever you choose to 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.