Translated Jeff Matthews
The "Trail of the Gods" is among the best-known hiking trails in our territory. Countryside and nature are out in all their splendor and are simply stunning. The trail flows along the ridge of the Lattari mountains, about halfway up from the cobalt blue sea of the Amalfi coast. The trail is truly capable of offering up panoramas of rare beauty, ones that have captivated authors and poets such as Italo Calvino and D. H. Lawrence.
Friday we took advantage of a splendid day that seemed like spring. It was a long weekend and we set out to see if this "Trail of the Gods" was everything that it was proclaimed to be, earning it a place at the top of the list as simply the most pleasant and enjoyable nature trail in the nation.
We struggled out of bed very early, set off, and by 8 a.m. were actually there at the beginning of the trail, which leaves from Bomerano, part of the town of Agerola. There was no problem finding a parking space and we took one of the many available spots at the end of via Colle Serra right where the trail begins.
We choose the stretch between Bomerano and Nocelle and moved from east to west for about 4.6 km. It is considered the loveliest part of the trail. You can actually extend the hike if you want and go as far as S. Maria del Castello, which will take you by Monte Pertuso. That will almost double the length of your hike. There are a number of variations, among which is a "ring route" that goes up to a higher elevation at via Paipo on the return leg along the boundaries of the National Park. You can also go down all the way to Positanto and come back to Bomerano by bus.
If you move at a comfortable pace the walk should take about 2 hours and 30 minutes, one way. (The same on the way back, but note that the trail was slightly downhill on the way out, so it will obviously be slightly uphill on the way back. All that gives you about 480 meters of ups and downs in "differential elevation".) There are some water fountains along the way (we saw three) and five rest areas with tables and benches, each with room for four persons to sit, cradled between heaven and the sea, and eat whatever provisions they have brought along.
Shortly, we'll publish details such as GPS indications and waypoints so you can do this hike on your own.
Here are some photos we took along the way: The Trail of the Gods
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