How to get to path of the gods from Positano
How to get to path of the gods from Positano could be an annoying task. Are you stuck in finding the fastest way to reach the path of the Gods (Sentiero Degli Dei in Italian) starting in Bomerano in Agerola? not willing to spend a fortune on a taxi? No more pain. Stay cool, this is the definitive post, step by step, to reach the walk of the Gods without hassles.
More than 1/3 of DIY sunday hikers get stuck trying to figure out which are the correct connections to Piazza Capasso. Did you know that? I know, unbelievable. Fortunately for these people locals are still gently enough to give you right directions and hints.
So, quit the chit-chat, it’s time that we got down to the crux of the matter. How to get to path of the gods from Positano? wherever you are in Positano and wants to do the path of the Gods from east to west, without a taxi, you have to catch some buses. First of all: Have ever seen a stuffed SITA bus? I don’t have to remember you that the first you get to the bus stop the better. Otherwise chances, probably, to remain outside the bus are quite common. Be smart, wake up early. No, alarm set at 09:30 isn’t early.
From DOWNTOWN Positano:
If you stay downtown Positano, near the beach, the best option is to reach “La Sponda” SITA bus stop. Walk along the asphalt road, the stop lays just 500m from piazza dei Mulini, the main square where the pedestrian walk to the beach encounters the asphalt road. While walking keep the seaside on your right. If the sea lays on your left two possibilities: first, you are going to Fornillo’s neighborhood, wrong direction, go back; second, you are walking backwards. In the latter case you can continue to walk up the crossroad but pay attention. You can buy ticket in the bars, in the tobacco shop or the news-stand.
CHIESA NUOVA neighborhood:
If you stay in Chiesa Nuova neighborhood, near the Bar Internazionale crossroad to downtown, the best option could be the “Chiesa Nuova” SITA bus stop. Just in front of the Bar Internazionale (can buy ticket in the bar or in the tobacco shop). Probably, surely you have to go trough stairs.
If you stay in Fornillo neighborhood, near the grotto with the small houses , the best option could be the “Chiesa Nuova” SITA bus stop, as above. You can follow the asphalt road going up to the Bar Internazionale crossroad (about 1km), you could get the steps, but I won’t recommend.
MONTEPERTUSO / NOCELLE neighborhood:
If you stay in Montepertuso or Nocelle, the mountains neighborhoods, you have to reach the main road to Amalfi. So, drop on the orange town bus. Drop off at “Fiume della Noce” stop, if you have SITA bus tickets, in Chiesa Nuova/Bar Internazionale if you haven’t. There is also another option, stairs, only if you have tickets and only if you feel really brave. From Nocelle is about 1.500 steps… onethousandfivehundredsteps! The SITA bus stop is in Arienzo. Same same in Montepertuso, less steps, around 700 and the bottom end is in Liparlati.
You can’t buy tickets on board!
No tickets on board! Get it before, better a day in advance. Trust me, you won’t fight against the fact that in the first morning some locals still sleeps. Bars or news-stands will open after 08:30. You won’t stuck on how to get to path of the gods from Positano for a bus ticket. So, catch the bus to Amalfi from one of these bus stop. All the above stops lay on the road side facing the sea and the bus goest to Amalfi having the sea on the right. Once inside the bus relax, if you can, and enjoy the panorama. Remember: a local guide can explain also a lot of what you see during the trip from Positano to Bomerano.
After 35 minutes (the bus usually take 50 minutes from Positano to Amalfi), check if you are late for your coincidence and choose wisely:
Option 1 (get off at Agerola/Positano/Amalfi crossroads, if you are late)
Just after Grotta dello Smeraldo lays the crossroad to Agerola. Check your watch and the timetable, from here you’ll spend other 5-8 minutes to reach the SITA bus station in Amalfi. Be careful, if there is a chanche you could miss the bus to Agerola – Bomerano… you will (Murphy’s first law, “If anything can go wrong, it will”). Ask the driver to stop at the crossroad and wait the other bus to Agerola – Bomerano (bus stop is on the mountain side of the roads going up).
Pay attention, this is the most insidious part of the trip. You can miss the bus, it came from a sharp curve, you won’t see it coming. The drivers are all participating to the selections for next Ferrari pilot so they drive at breakneck speed. The SITA bus will stop on request, don’t forget to shake your arms to get attention from the driver!
Option 2 (get off at Amalfi SITA bus station)
If you are on time (get always 10-15 minutes for emergencies: traffic jam, toilet and so on) you can simply enjoy the last part of the trip to Amalfi. Once there just drop off your Positano to Amalfi SITA bus and ask which one is the bus to Agerola – Bomerano. Once you find it drop on and gently ask the driver to inform you where to stop for the path of the Gods. Usually they use to yell it like “Sentieeeeeroooo” but asking is a far better option.
After 40 minutes of never ending narrow bends you’ll reach the edge of the cliff, Agerola. Bomerano bus stop is just the third one, a couple of minutes or less after the edge. Drop off and turn left up a road for 200m (same direction the bus was going before the turn) to the main square, Piazza Capasso. After the car park on your left you’ll arrive in Piazza Capasso. and the place is full of amenities like groceries, bars, bakery, even a public drinkable fountain. A perfect spot to get a coffee, have a pee-stop, buy, or refill, a bottle of fresh water.
Once in Piazza Capasso, Bomerano
Once here your “how to get to path of the gods from Positano” problem vanish. When you are ready to go, just look around, underneath the hotel Gentile (at the left side of the church) there is a crossroad. Follow the narrow road going down left, out of Capasso square, on the left wall, a quite invisibile signs indicates Via Pennino, while the CAI red/white sign indicates 327.
Descends the road, pass under a bridge and, after about 250m, you’ll face some concrete and stone steps. At the bottom of this stair turn right over a tiny footbridge, climb this last stair and reach the asphalt road. Turn left and go along the asphalt road for about 450m.
Congratulations! the starting point of the path of the gods is here!
Keep the sea side on your left and you’ll reach safely Nocelle.
So, to summarise:
- Buy SITA tickets;
- walk up to the SITA bus stop in Positano;
- catch the bus up to Agerola/Amalfi/Positano crossroad or up to Amalfi SITA bus station;
- get the bus to Bomerano (Agerola);
- ask the driver to tell you the nearest starting point of path of the gods (Sentiero degli Dei);
- drop off at the stop;
- walk 600m, take your time to relax, refill and buy some food;
- enjoy the path.
Now you just need to wake up and go to hike the path of the Gods. Is this post an easy-peasy to follow guide?
Some last tought:
- You must wear good walking shoes and bring water.
- Although this walk starts in Bomerano and finishes in Nocelle you can cut the walk short and follow the Praiano or San Domenico paths. It’s up to you, but do not forget the steps from the path of the Gods to these places. Enough also for locals 😉
- You can stop for lunch in Nocelle and catch the local bus down to Positano.
- There are other means of transportation on how to get to path of the gods from Positano.
- This is a well frequented hike, easily doable by a wide range of people and the means of transportation works properly. But, a local professional guide, with experience, can easily solve every problem you’d face, like saving yourself the time and potential headache of finding and taking the buses.
Do you think I can improvo these information? Why don’t you just let know? Write in the comment, I’ll be pleased to improve it.