Sentiero degli Dei, excursions and sights

Sentiero degli Dei is a hike and wildlife trail connecting Agerola with Positano, characteristic thanks to its incomparable setting.

The Sentiero degli Dei is a hiking trail about 9 km long running between the small village of Bomerano, part of Agerola city limits, and Nocelle, part of Positano located on the slopes of Monte Pertuso. The sheer beauty of the surroundings offers travelers the chance to discover how this path got its name. For an easier and more relaxing walk, the best way is to walk along the Sentiero from Agerola to Nocelle. From here, you can head downhill and take in the spectacular view of the Amalfi Coast and Capri.

The enchanted beauty of this place has inspired poets and writers, like Italo Calvino who described the Sentiero degli Dei as “that path hanging over the magical gulf of the “Sirens”, which today still bears memories and myths”. This phrase, inscribed on a ceramic plaque, is the starting point of this incredibly spectacular trail.

Sentiero degli Dei, the trails

The Sentiero degli Dei (Path of the Gods) gets its name from historical and legendary events which say the Greek gods passed along this trail as they went to save Ulysses from the Sirens on the island of Li Galli. The natural beauty and landscape found along the Sentiero comes from the fact that man has never interfered. The entire route has in fact remained intact, just as Mother Nature created it and moulded through the centuries only by the elements. The trail is immersed amidst lush Mediterranean vegetation, as well as chestnut trees, holm oaks, alders and arbutus trees. On the right day, you can even marvel at the hovering peregrine hawks flying above in the sky.

The Sentiero degli Dei is divided in two paths: a higher or “alto” one and a lower or “basso” one. These names come from the height of each. The first, starting in Bomerano (Agerola) and ending in Santa Maria Del Castello, is more challenging with several uphill slopes. The second isn’t as difficult and goes through Nocelle. The entire hike takes about 7 hours and is roughly 9 km long (round trip).

What are the main attractions along the Sentiero degli Dei?

From the Sentiero degli Dei you can enjoy a breathtaking view of the following from one of the numerous panoramic terraces:

  • Capri’s Faraglioni
  • Punta Penna
  • Island of Li Galli
  • Lattari Mountains

Among the natural beauty found along the Sentiero degli Dei are the Grotta Biscotto, the Villaggi Rupestri and the “Pinnacolo”. The Grotta Biscotto is the first place you’ll come across leaving from Bomerano. It is a cavity at 528 meters above sea level, whose name comes from its particular geological shape which resembles the toasted bread “crackers” from Agerola. Immediately after this rocky area hikers will be able to marvel at ancient settlements called “Rock Villages“. These structures have the particularity of having been built directly in the rock. Another well-known part of the Sentiero degli Dei is the so-called “Pinnacolo“, a rock spur at the base with a steep limestone spire.