Hiking the Path of the Gods - Positano, Italy
Sorrento was stunning, but I don’t think we were prepared for Positano’s striking beauty.
We decided to take the bus to Positano and take the ferry when we leave to get views from both perspectives. We were warned ahead of time that the bus ride can make you a little sick (winding curves, steep drop offs, July temps), but we were fine. Tip: If you’re taking the bus, sit on the right side for the best views.
Positano is called the “snakes and ladders town”, “city of stairs”, and “land of a thousand f*cking stairs”. All true! The town is split into many levels, and Tess found an amazing hotel on a lower level just steps from the beach. You might get more of the scenic sights from higher up, but it was so nice to only have to go down about 2 sets of stairs to get to the sand. We were SO happy at Villa La Tartana with our delicious breakfast and private balcony. But we spent most of the time in the warm, clear water.
Not dead, just floating.
Here’s the view from our balcony.
This is the Church of Santa Maria Assunta, which dates back to the 10th century.
And these are the mega-yachts of the rich and powerful and famous.
Here’s a blurry closeup of the one with a helicopter. Sadly we didn’t have any celeb sightings, but Beyonce was spotted along the Amalfi Coast this summer, just sayin.
We spent the evenings wandering up and down probably dozens of flights of stairs. Pro: it burned off all of our pasta and aperol spritz. Con: we were pretty sweaty.
Thanks to my wonderful manager, Martha, for the recommendation to hike the Path of the Gods! The trail runs from Bomerano (near the city of Amalfi) back to Positano. Well this is the direction we chose, but you could do the reverse.
Our day started with a ferry from Positano to Amalfi. And man, this was definitely a highlight.
Passing by Praiano on the way.
From Amalfi we caught a bus up to Bomerano to start the 6km hike. From the start, we knew how the hike got its name.
The land up here used to belong to family vineyards, but much of it is now abandoned and wild.
The path is very well traveled and marked with signs, so it was very easy to find the way.
Filling up at one of the water stops.
Definitely feeling the heat and getting some sore muscles here.
Because the terrain snakes in and out along the cliff, it’s hard to look and see how much we had left. Positano was slowly getting closer, but then we’d come across yet another curve and still have more to go.
It took us about 2 hours to finish the hike and get to Nocelle where we stopped for a frozen lemonade and a beer. Well deserved! We were pooped.
Also rewarded with these two cuties.
But we weren’t prepared for the grand finale: 1500 steps back down to Positano. Yes it’s better to go downstairs than up, but when I say our calves were on fire… I cannot explain the level of that burn.
The hike is 100% worth the journey getting to the start and the insanely tight calves for the next 2 days. If you’re in the area, do it.
Our final stop of the tour is up next: Malta.