“Oooh, be careful cara mia, The Walk of the Gods is very pericoloso… is very dangerous. Just last week a lady died on the same walk. Maybe, is not the best choice for you to do these days”. This warning from a slightly odd, middle-aged lady working at the hotel in Positano was just the beginning of what seemed to be a long line of obstacles standing between myself and a hike, high along the Amalfi coast.
The hike itself, named ‘The Walk of the Gods’ also known as the ‘Path of the Gods’ is world-famous, and one of the most stunning views of the Amalfi coast. The path can be completed in either direction (East to West or West to East), giving you about 6km of Amalfi coastline views. Many people actually commit to a longer hike, doing the trail as a loop (i.e. starting and finishing in the same town), covering about 12km in total.
The views are better if you travel from East to West along the coast, but the trail is the same, so if you prefer to go from West to East you can still easily look behind you for some stunning views towards the island of Capri.
I had read all about the walk, and it was on my ‘must do list whilst in Italy’ list. A vague warning of death in broken English from hotel staff was slightly unsettling, but my resolve didn’t waver – I was determined to at least attempt the walk. I had decided on the westward track from Bomerano to Nocelle, which was (theoretically) an easy 6km walk, slightly downhill in many parts, and which offers incredible views along the coast towards Capri.
Pro tip: Map: PDF with photos and directions – VERY handy to download onto your phone or to print out (in colour), so you can navigate on the walk: http://www.giovis.com/hpage/pathgodstrailbook.pdf
At this point in my European Adventure I was travelling and exploring with my assistant-in-training, Lauren. Lauren is Aussie-born but moved to Italy nearly five years ago, and she was very happy to join and assist me as I explored her beautiful adopted homeland.