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I suoni degli Dei (The sounds of the Gods) concerts

Have you ever been overwhelmed by sensations? well, this is the right place. Jaw-dropping views with fantastic music, this is the project (Pélagos & town of Praiano).

From their site:

Concerts are open-air performed, on the famous scenic itinerary just above Praiano.

The theme of the project is to unite the passion of music and love of the environment in a series of concerts of both classical and contemporary music, in such unforgettable places as the amazing peaks of Monti Lattari, the wonderful surroundings of the church of Santa Maria a Castro, and ancient stone ruins.

Each performance will begin with an excursion (yourself or with a trekking guide) by foot from Praiano, Agerola and Positano to reach the Sentiero degli Dei. The performances will come to life in the morning hours: this will be a new and different way of hiking, in which one will be in intimate harmony with nature and music.

No fees.

The program of may:

Wed May 3rd 2017 at 10.30
Convento di Santa Maria a Castro / San Domenico
Duo Flauto & Guitar
Gloria Falcone- Flute
Alberto Ruocco – Guitar
Program: Giuliani – Schubert

Wed May 10th 2017 at 10.30
Path of the Gods – Colle Serra
Duo Flute & Guitar
Gloria Falcone – Flute
Alberto Ruocco – Guitar
Program: N. Paganini – A. Piazzolla

Wed May 17th 2017 at 10.30
Path of the Gods – Li Cannati
Sax Duo
Maria Ornella Fusco – Sax Alto
Michele Chirichella – Sax Alto
Program: Lacour – Hindemith – Morosco – Leclaire

Wed May 24th 2017 at 10.30
Santa Maria a Castro Convent / San Domenico
Duo Clarinetto & Horn
Salvatore Dell’Isola – Clarinet
Vincenzo Di Lieto – Horn
Program: Reinecke -Rossini – Verdi

Wed May 31st 2017 at 10.30
Path of the Gods – Colle Serra
Ensemble “Flashing Winds”
Gloria Falcone, Michela Milano – Flute
Aldo Buonocore, Riccardo Marrone – Clarinets
Andrea Ercolino – Sax Tenor
Valeria Di Gaeta – Sax Baritone
Program: Saint Saens – G. Bizet – A. Paizzolla

Full program of May 2017 of the I suoni degli Dei available here here

How to get to path of the gods from Positano (with buses – east to west)

…from every place in Positano, by a local insider guide.

How to get to path of the gods from Positano Are you stuck finding the way to reach the path of the Gods “Sentiero degli dei” starting point in Bomerano (Agerola )? not willing to spend a fortune on a private transfer? No more pain, stay cool, this is the definitive guide, step by step, to reach the walk of the Gods without hassles.

Did you know that more than 1/3 of DIY sunday hikers get stuck trying to figure out which are the correct connections to Piazza Capasso? I know, unbelievable. By the way, Piazza Capasso is the starting point of the path of the Gods from east. Fortunately for these people locals are still gently enough to give you right directions and hints. With this guide you’d be able to find the right way on how to get to path of the gods from Positano.

So, quit the chit-chat, it’s time that we got down to the crux of the matter. Wherever are you located in Positano and wants to do the path of the Gods from east to west, without a private transfer, you have to catch some buses. First tip: if you 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 to remain outside the bus are quite common. Be smart, wake up early. No, alarm set at 09:30 isn’t early 😛 .

How to get to path of the gods from Positano:

DOWNTOWN Positano:

If you stay downtown Positano, near the beach to be clear, the best option is to reach “La Sponda” SITA bus stop. Walking along the asphalt road, is 500m of smooth walk 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 neighbourhood; second, you are walking backwards. In the second case you can continue to walk up the crossroad. (can buy ticket in the bars, in the tobacco shop or the news-stand).

CHIESA NUOVA neighbourhood:

If you stay in Chiesa Nuova neighbourhood, near the Bar Internazione 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.

FORNILLO neighbourhood:

If you stay in Fornillo neighbourhood, 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 reccomend because you could get confused quite easily.

MONTEPERTUSO / NOCELLE neighbourhood:

If you stay in Montepartuso or Nocelle, the “on-the-mountains-neighbourhoods” you have to reach the SS163, the main road from Positano to Amalfi. You could get the town bus (orange or white one) and drop off at “fiume della noce” bus stop if you have tickets for SITA buses or 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 is in Liparlati. The bus stop just in front last step of the stair.

You can’t buy tickests on board, get before, better a day in advance. You won’t fight against the fact that in the first morning some locals still sleeps. Bars or news-stands are still closed at 08:30.

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 goes to Amalfi having the sea on the right. Once inside the bus relax, if you can, and enjoy the panorama. Remember that a local professional guide can explain a lot of what you see during the trip from Positano to Bomerano. So you can spend some interesting time while reaching the Path of the Gods from Positano.

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)

After Conca – Grotta dello Smeraldo, before Amalfi, lays the crossroad to Agerola, check your watch and the timetable. From here you’ll spend 5-8 minutes to reach the SITA bus station in Amalfi. If there is a chanche you’d miss the bus to Bomerano (Agerola)… you will (Murphy’s first law, “If anything can go wrong, it will”). Ask the driver to stop at the crossroad and wait the bus to Agerola – Bomerano. Bus stop is on the mountain side of the road going up.

Pay attention, this is the most insidious part, you can miss the bus, because it came from a sharp curve. You won’t see it coming, the drivers are participating to the selections for next Ferrari pilot. They drive at breakneck speed. SITA bus will stop on request, shake your arms to get attention! Feel lost at the crossroad? just ask the bar owner how to get to path of the Gods from Positano. Well, from there 😀

Option 2 (get off at Amalfi SITA bus station)

If you are on time (get always 10-15 minutes for emergencies: traffic jam, toilet needed 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 drop off for the path of the Gods. Usually they use to yell it “Sentieeeeeroooo” but asking is better. After 40 minutes of neverending 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 (the same direction the bus was going before the turns) to the main square, Piazza Capasso. After a car park, that lays on your left, you’ll arrive 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 ready to go look 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 a quite invisibile signs on the left wall 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 the stair turn right over a tiny footbridge. Climb this last stair of concrete steps up and reach the asphalt road. Turn left and go along the asphalt road for about 450m. Compliments, you just reached the starting point of the path of the gods!

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?

Do you think these information need improvements? Why don’t you just let know? Write in the comment, I’ll improve it.

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 (Praiano or San Domenico). 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.
  • People here are still easy to talk. If you get lost just ask how to get to path of the gods from Positano.
  • Keep in mind that while this is a well frequented hike, easily doable by a wide range of people and the means of transportation works properly a local authorized guide, a professional one with experience, can easily solve every problem you’d face, like saving yourself the time and potential headache of finding and taking the buses.

Bus to path of the Gods Timetables Updated ( 01 April – 11 June 2017)

Hi all, I know, I’m late. The new bus to path of the Gods timetables are on line. Please refer here and do not forget to double check these informations by yourself.
These timetables are mainly to help you to reach the path of the Gods from all the Amalfi Coast and Surrentine Peninsula. Please let me know if something doesn’t work.
Please keep in mind these timetables are only valid for a limited time range.

Insider’s guide on how to get to path of the Gods from Positano

How to get to path of the Gods from Positano

I just uploaded this first version of the guide on how to get to path of the Gods from Positano. I spent a couple of hours repeating in my mind every route to reach the bus stops. Hoping everything is clear and you’ll be able to follow the indications. Inside you’ll find directions on how to reach the bus stops from the various neighborhoods. A Google map with the bus stop is also included. Please let me know what do you think and if something could be improved.

Bus, Amalfi to path of the gods

Bus Amalfi to path of the gods. Basic informations on how to move from point a to point b. This is one of the most frequent question from you. I’m going to satisfy all your needs writing some posts about how to move around the Amalfi Coast to reach the path of the Gods. This one, obviously, it’s about the buses from Amalfi to Bomerano, the hamlet of Agerola where the trail of the Gods begins.

I’m assuming you are in Amalfi, if you are in another town… you must reach it. So, you are in Amalfi now, just go straight to look at the sea, you can see two piers (if you can’t, you are not in Amalfi) and behing you lays the Flavio Gioia’s statue, just turn right and go in the direction of the pier where you can catch a boat to Positano, Sorrento, Capri, Salerno. You can’t miss it, the bus station is full of SITA buses painted in three main colors: blue, red, gray and green. The blues are the oldest, gray and green “middle aged”, red are the newest.

Usually drivers set the destination name just a couple of minutes before departure, try to ask which one is for Bomerano, sometimes these pilots use to correctly inform you, depends at what time you ask and how crowded was yesterday 😀

All the timetables that can help you are here while the timetable for the buses from Amalfi to the path of the Gods can be found here.

This map below describes where in Amalfi is located the SITA bus station. Finding bus Amalfi to path of the gods is an easy walk. Points of reference to find it are the pier to Salerno, Sorrento, Positano, Capri and Piazza Flavio Gioia (the compass rediscoverer ).

Bus amalfi to path of the gods: a simple map that helps you finding the bus station.

Map of Amalfi, detail of pier and SITA bus station

So, where you’ll find bus from Amalfi to path of the gods?

Keeping Flavio Gioia’s statue behind you just go on your right, keep the seaside on your left and in 30/45 seconds you’ll arrive: the bus from amalfi to path of the gods are here!

You could also consider a private transfer which is more expensive but tailored on your desire.

What the FAQ!

After some time spent reading old mails from hikers, tourists, travelers and curious people about every aspect about the path of the Gods, I talked to myself, have to admit was a really fast chat, and I said something like that:
“you should share the most asked question”
“really?”
“yes, indeed”
“ok, let’s do it”.

As a local professional guide a professional way to write these information should be the only valid method preferred method to do it, then I thought writing about the path of the Gods in a funny way, straight fact with congeniality, could be more enjoyable.

George Berkeley wrote “It is natural for careless writers to run into faults they never think of”, as a native of  the Amalfi Coast I usually take care about these lands so I’ll try do my best to build the finest and most reliable FAQ on the path of the Gods. If you ever find some typos, unreliable informations please let me know, I’ll fix the mistake asap.

I’ll publish FAQ page next week one of these days and then update when new question will pop-up. Oh, by the way, while I prefer an old fashion simple graphic probably I’ll use some ajax, html5, java drop-down stuff, if with your terminal (mobile, tablet, notebook) you’d encounter something wrong… you know, please drop me an email.