From Bomerano to Nocelle

This is the main path, the most frequented, and traditionally named as Sentiero degli Dei (Path of the Gods). We think that walking this trail from east to west is the best choice, the stunning panoramas from the pass of Colle Serra (~580 mamsl, meter above mean sea level) up to Nocelle, Nocella originally, (~430 mamsl) won’t leave you, never.

We suppose you are already in Agerola, Bomerano hamlet, in Piazza Capasso. Leaving the main road behind you, between an Hotel and a bar lay a side street, via Pennino, sign on the wall also indicates “Sentiero degli Dei” [PIC1], 001walk down the narrow street for about 250m, then pass under the bridge [PIC 2]002and you’ll arrive to a paths junction, turn right and walk over the wooden bridge just in front of you, take the steps to the driveway, turn left and follow it.[PIC3]003The road ends in about 450m [PIC4] in a viewpoint.004After the viewpoint the trail begins with some going down steps, here, on your right side, you’ll see the Grotta del Biscotto.

After 450m of the trail, past a sharp left turn, you’ll find a fork, keep left (the right is private property).[PIC5]005

After 150m the rocky pinnacle you’ll arrive to Colle la Serra “T” junction. Time to choose! which will be your trail? [PIC6&7]lower or higher?

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  • higher trail: just go on the right past an abandoned building a little higher than 600m; afterwards go down till you meet the lower trail at Cisternuolo, [PIC12]012about an altitude of 540m, this option is a little bit rocky but less “up and down”. Keep going straight ahead, seaside on your left to reach Nocelle;
  • lower option: so, go left and then immediately right, [PIC8]008 after few stone steps you’ll get to another “T” crossroad with a sign indicating directions for Nocelle, Positano and Praiano, keep going right (if you go on left you’ll reach Praiano). [PIC9]009Less than 500m and you’ll find San Domenico convent junction, keep right (at left you’ll reach Vettica Maggiore, Praiano)[PIC10]010 and enjoy the breathtaking, wide open. Last crossroads, Cisternuolo, lay after about 1.050m, keep going straight ahead to reach Nocelle.[PIC11]011

From here you can’t get lost, at least not easily, just keep in mind these hints:

1. stay on the wide path.

2. keep the sea on your left side.

3. don’t climb in the bush.

4. don’t jump down! Seriously, don’t do it. Looking at some funny folks of the past we strongly advise against jumping down if you haven’t self levitation ability πŸ˜‰

Once you’ll see a church [PIC13] Nocelle is just in front of you.013Β  Then you’ll have three choices:

    • 1st, reach main road between Amalfi and Sorrento by foot: walk down to Arienzo, a neighbour of Positano, where you’ll find the main road and the SITA bus stop from/to Amalfi and/or Sorrento. But brace yourself, about 1.700 steps lay between Nocelle and Arienzo, your knees and ankles could ask you a day off after that ;)Just at the end of the path of the Gods you’ll arrive at a cross junction, there is also a public fountain there with fresh drinkable water, keep going down after some steps (“some steps” in Positano means around one hundred) you’ll reach the church of Maria SS. del Carmelo. Having the sea in front of you on your right side there are… “the steps” (read it in your mind with Morgan Freeman’s voice, interesting, isn’t it? :D)

 

    • 2nd, continue to Montepertuso hamlet: at the fountain above described, keep right and walk along the concrete path, in less than 700m you’ll reach the asphalt road. From here, keeping the seaside on your left, in about 1.300m you’ll arrive in Montepertuso (Montepertuso means mountain with a hole in italian, the Monte Gambera is that one). Be careful at two things: 1. fast local pilots 2. when walking along the road pay attention where your feet are placed, holes on both sides of the road are not uncommon and, for sure, you prefer a picture of the Path of the Gods instead of an x-ray for dislocation as a memory of the hike.

 

    • 3rd, reach the Nocelle bus stop and catch one to go downtown Positano: as above, along the concrete path, just after a grocery (lay on left side) you’ll see stone steps on the right, keep it and after some steps (do not forget, “some steps” in Positano means around one hundred) you’ll arrive in the parking, keep going on the asphalt road, after 50m you’ll see a yellow sign with the timetable. You can buy ticket in the grocery above mentioned, on the bus is more expensive.

This path start from point A and finish to B in the map below.

 

Pay attention due to map and software updating the above info could be not precise. Take it as an generic overview.Hoping these information helped you in some way. A better free information is a priority, just in pair with the quality of service we sell so, if you think there are errors or you have tips on how to improve these pages, invest a minute to write and tell us, it will be really appreciated not only by us but by also all the people who will reach this site.
Pictures courtesy of Giovanni Visetti

36 Responses to From Bomerano to Nocelle

  1. Lori Quakenbush says:

    This is so helpful. We are staying in Cetara in June and plan a day to do the Path of the Gods and have been researching the best transportation to get there. Thank you.

  2. Glenda Agius says:

    Hi I will be staying in Agerola. How can I can I get back to Agerola when I finish the hike in Positano, please?

    • Ciao Glenda,
      once in Nocelle you can get the public transports. The journey will be around 2.5 hours. A bus/by foot from Nocelle to Positano (local bus) then another bus (SITA bus) from Positano to Amalfi and, again, another one from Amalfi to Bomerano in Agerola. You shouldn’t miss the bus You have to buy the tickets before, tobacconists, newsstands and bars usually have the tickets.

      With private transports the journey will be around 50 minutes, are more expensive but let you precisely plan the tour according to their wishes. For group from 4 pax and up the private transfer could be an interesting option.

      Asked by Glenda Agius [g.gouder87@…]

      more details here

      (To preserve the usability of these pages I’ll move this reply in the FAQ section or in the Guestbook in about a couple of months)

  3. Janan says:

    Approx. How long does it take from Bomerano to Nocello?

    • It’s up to you. It should be a matter of seriousness to not say anything regarding how long will take. But I understand that in some way you have to plan your hike. The path is barely 6km. 2km/hr could be a good approximation you can count on. So, doing the path of the Gods will take around 3 hours.

      Some more details here

      (To preserve the usability of these pages I’ll move this reply in the FAQ section or in the Guestbook in about a couple of months)

  4. B'jer says:

    Hi,

    We are planning on travelling down to do the hike from Napoli. It seems like the only bus that is available to us will NOT be stopping in Agerola (Bomerano), but it will be stopping in Agerola (S.Maria).

    How far of a walk is S. Maria from the start of the hike? Would this be a good idea?

    Thank you,

  5. Mari says:

    Hey,
    Thank you for the information!
    Im coming to napoli for two days, and I want to go to this trail. Its mean that I need to go out from napoli and to come back to napoli. What is the best way to do it? How can I get to the start of the trail and how do I come back from the end to napoli?

    Thank a lot πŸ™‚

    • Hi Mari,
      quite tough but doable.
      shortly:
      -there is a SITA bus from Napoli to Bomerano @ 08:05, double check the time and the place where to start. This solution will bring you in about 90 min directly to the start point of POG.
      -do the path and get the bus from Nocelle to Chiesa Nuova / Bar Internazionale
      -get the SITA bus from Positano to Sorrento
      -get the Circumvesuviana train from Sorrento to Napoli.

      Some more details here

      (To preserve the usability of these pages I’ll move this reply in the FAQ section or in the Guestbook in about a couple of months)

  6. Helen says:

    Hi,
    We are staying in San Lazzaro and will walk the Path of the Gods. For our return trip will it be easiest to catch a bus back to Amalfi and then get on the Agerola bus from there?

  7. Luciana says:

    Hi, is it possible to start from Praiano?

  8. Lizzette says:

    Hello. I will be staying in Positano in August. I’d like to do this hike, starting in Bomerano. I have two questions.

    One, what is the best way to get to Bomerano from Positano?

    Two, does the hike end in Positano? That would be most convenient. If not, how would I get back to Positano?

    • Hi Lizzette,
      at first two informations: first, august is an hot month, the path could be tough so be smart, be an early bird! Second, Nocelle is a Positano’s hamlet.

      Now, your questions:
      .what is the best way to get to Bomerano from Positano? while double the path of the Gods, from Nocelle to Bomerano and viceversa, is not recommended, at least you are not very fit. You have one main choice: to reach the start point of the path of the Gods in Bomerano with the SITA bus you have to catch one in Positano and another one in Amalfi. Check this timetable. You have to buy SITA bus ticket before in bars, newsagents and souvenirs shops.

      .does the hike end in Positano? That would be most convenient. If not, how would I get back to Positano? Yes, Nocelle is a Positano’s hamlet, a bunch of houses at 450m above the sea level. Just at the end of the page from Bomerano to Nocelle you can read how to reach downtown Positano. Three choices: 1st, reach main road between Amalfi and Sorrento by foot: walk down to Arienzo, a neighbour of Positano. 2nd, continue to Montepertuso hamlet and from there the steps to Positano. 3rd, reach the Nocelle bus stop and catch one to go downtown Positano.

      Bring water, stop under the shade of a tree if you feel dizzy or tired, enjoy your hike.

      As always I use to say: if you can do not miss the opportunity to hire a local authorized guide, they use to make your experience a lifetime experience!

  9. Sheri says:

    Hi. We will be staying in Sorrento for one week and will have a car. We thought we would drive to Positano and leave the car there. Is there a bus from Positano to Bomerano? Or maybe a car service that could be prearranged from Positano to Bomerano? How long would that take? At the completion of the hike in Nocelle, we would take the bus back to Positano and get the car. Do you think this would work? Where would the bus drop us off in Positano? Thank you. And thanks for the detailed hike instructions.

    • Hi Sheri, straight to your questions for the path of the God’s hike:
      .Is there a bus from Positano to Bomerano? Not a direct one. You have to catch one to Amalfi and then another to Bomerano.
      .maybe a car service that could be prearranged from Positano to Bomerano?
      There are many car services, just Google it and you’ll be flood about the results. I have to inform you that these services could be quite expensive.
      .How long would that take? Depends on traffic, this morning from Position to Amalfi I spent 25mins, yesterday about an hour. Probably in the first morning about a full hour from Positano to Bomerano.
      .Where would the bus drop us off in Positano? From Nocelle the public buses will bring you in Positano, along the main road SS163 (Sorrento to Amalfi), the main bus stop, really crowded, is Chiesa Nuova.

      .Do you think this would work?
      Probably you’ll spend a whole day to the path of the Gods… I’ll do this instead:
      .google for boats timetable from Positano to Sorrento;
      .Google for bus timetable from Sorrento to Amalfi and from there to Bomerano, the start point of the path;
      .get the first bus from Sorrento to Amalfi in the morning (early birds enjoy it more);
      .get the bus from Amalfi to Bomerano;
      .enjoy the hike;
      .get the bus from Nocelle to downtown Positano;
      .get the boat from there to Sorrento.

      Remember that a local professional guide could really change a fantastic experience to a life lasting memory

  10. Maria says:

    Hi! Do you think it’s a good or bad idea to do this walk in December? How many days does it take?

    • Hi Maria,
      directly from the page inside the path of the Gods

      Pros: crystal clear view, only few people along the path. So go on, indulge yourself at midday (a sunny one). That’s right, kick off your shoes, put your feet up. Lean back and just enjoy the show.
      Cons: rain and cold wind could ruin a wonderful day or the whole week!
      So, yes, I think is a good idea if you find a sunny day. If it rains you have to be careful: slippery steps, strong wind, but never really dangerous if you are an navigated hiker.

      Enjoy your hike!

  11. Crispin Birnbaum says:

    Very helpful photos! Does anyone know if you can get a bus in Praiano up to Bomerano? So far I’ve only found a bus from Amalfi to Bomerano. Any info would be appreciated. Thanks.

    • Hi Crispin,
      unfortunately no, there isn’t a direct connection between Praiano and Bomerano, the shortest way, using buses, is to stop at crossroad between Amalfi, Agerola and the SS163, from there you can catch another bus (Amalfi-Agerola) to Bomerano. Ask the driver where to drop off.

      Check the timetable twice, if you have only 10 minutes between your arrival to the crossroad and the bus to Bomerano you could easily miss it due traffic jam.

      Have a nice hike

  12. Corinne Anderson says:

    Thank you for generously offering this information. We will be staying at Atrani from the 24th May and would love to do this hike.
    What would the best option be for us from Atrani. We are all fairly fit and enjoy hiking.
    Many Thanks
    Corinne

    • Hi Corinne,
      you are welcome! straight to the problem:
      .bus from Atrani to Amalfi (or a small walk of less than a km)
      .bus from Amalfi to Bomerano
      .finished the path, in Positano, bus to Amalfi (quite crowded around 17:00/18:00)
      .bus from Amalfi to Atrani (or a small walk of less than a km)

      Sorry, I’m abroad, can’t write too much πŸ˜‰

  13. Cynthia Cerletti says:

    I have bad knees and am hoping to take sita bus to top to hike without stairs. Is this possible?

    • Hi Cynthia,
      I don’t know how bad are your knees but I know how harsh could be POG (Path of the Gods) on some hiker’s knees πŸ™‚
      Reaching/doing POG avoiding steps is simply impossible. Period. From Bomerano you’ll be able to do less steps than from Praiano/Vettica but you have to understand that these steps were made of irregular shaped stones, irregular heights, irregular length. Built for necessity not for comfortability. You can start from Bomerano, doing the first km and then decide to proceed or not. Consider that after Colle Serra junction the path will be a little harder.

      Hope you’ll be able to do it. Enjoy your hike!

  14. Megan says:

    I am going to attempt this on Sunday by myself. The pictures and details are incredibly helpful. Thank you so much!

  15. Andy says:

    Thanks for useful info. Attempting this today.

  16. Stephanie says:

    Do you recommend the higher or lower trail option from Bomerano?

    • Hi Stephanie,
      it’s really up to you, the view is the same, stunning, the lower is more dramatic. You can find details here, in the page Path of the Gods > from Nocelle to Bomerano.

      Enjoy your hike

  17. Caroline Dion says:

    Hi,
    I will stay in Sorrento for a week….Do
    I have to reach Almafi to take a bus for Bomerano? Can I take if from Praino?
    Thanks!

    • Hi Caroline,
      Amalfi coast is an only one road from Sorrento to Amalfi, with Positano and Praiano between. Unfortunately no buses are scheduled from Praiano directly to Bomerano so:

      Get the bus (SITA buses) from Sorrento to Amalfi (about 90mins), you could ask the driver to stop at the crossroads to Bomerano to catch the bus from Amalfi to Bomerano but the possibilities to find a really crowded bus are high. My advice? go straight to Amalfi, from there get the bus to Bomerano the drivers usually yell “SEEEENTIEEEEROOOO” when reach the “Sentiero degli dei” bus stop. From the bus stop is a small walk to Piazza Capasso and the Path of the Gods. Once finished in Nocelle you could do the 1700steps to the main road (if you already have the return tickets) or get a local bus (Flavio Gioia buses) from Nocelle to Positano and ask the driver for “Chiesa Nuova/Bar Internazionale” bus
      stop. Here you’ll catch the bus to Sorrento.

      There is also another way, reaching Agerola from Castellammare di Stabia/Gragnano, but I’m not used to so can’t be more useful.

      Keep in mind, “early birds” will enjoy more!

  18. Jane Howell says:

    Awesome information! Thanks a million!

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