Trekking ``The paths of the Gods``
For lovers of hiking and walking outdoors, the Path of the Gods on the Amalfi Coast is a must see and experience. Your holiday on the Amalfi Coast cannot be considered complete without an excursion on the Path of the Gods, from Agerola to Positano. This most popular trekking route is pretty easy with a duration of approximately 5 hours and a drop of 600 meters downhill. Please note those who suffer from vertigo may have some difficulties, please take proper precautions if you wish to participate in this tour.
Trekking Montepertuso/The hole in the Rock
Ancient mule tracks and precipitous cliff edge paths which, until the modern roads have been built, were the only viable routes existing between the towns dotted along the Amalfi Coast. Walk through sweet smelling lemon orchards and tiny vegetable patches stolen from the mountainside, under the watchful gaze of the occasional goat or donkey. Pass ancient hermitages and convents to reach panoramas which will, quite literally, take your breath away.
The Legend of Montepertuso
Ancient tradition says that in the 7th century after Christ, in the village of Montepertuso in Positano, a few people lived there having arrived from Asia. They lived in the caves of the mountains that surrounded the village, they ate the food that they hunted in the nearby forests and wore the skins of their prey. One night they were awakened by very close, long and loud thunder. Having come out from their caves, they remained speechless.
A bright light with a central image appeared on the 3rd mountain radiating warmth and peace to all human beings. A young girl was the first to be wrapped in this supernatural light.
A maternal voice, coming from the light, said: “Don’t be afraid. The devil has been defeated and his efforts against this mountain are over because I have destroyed the evil spirit. Remnants of his snake-shaped body are visible on the other side of the mountain, etched in the rock. Come, then, with me and accompany me to the mountain, where we will stay forever”.
So, coming down from the mountain, everyone was illuminated by the true light in the spirit, they gathered to the new divine sign and stayed until its dwelling. Even nowadays, the outline of the cursed snake still exists in the sunken rock, so perfect that it is impossible to imitate.
The mountain was ‘holed’ by the index finger of the Madonna, still visible and intact today, and from here derives the name of the village. There, on that mountain (now no longer a forest, but an enchanted olive grove) the S. Maria delle Grazie Church was built.
Starting point from Montepertuso
You will meet your trekking guide at 9am. At this point you will be provided the poles. The tour is 2-3hours long one way. Montepertuso (which literary means "hole in the mountain") is a hamlet of the town of Positano, located on a hill in the upper part of the town. It is the ideal place for trekking lovers, thanks to several suggestive paths which connect the hamlet of Montepertuso to the Lattari Mountains. According to the legend, this was the place of the legendary battle between the Virgin Mary and the Devil, traces of which can still be seen in the rock of the Gambera Mount (510m): the shape of the snake and the suggestive hole in the mountain made by the finger index of the Virgin. Itinerary consists of the following: 1. Fontana Vecchia. 2. Pineta. 3. Monte Gambera. 4. Montepertuso(Hole in the rock).
Do not miss to visit the church of Santa Maria delle Grazie and the Fontana Vecchia (Old Fountain), restored in 1973 and still popular, thanks to the clearness of its microbiologically pure water.
A pearl of the Amalfi Coast, Positano presents itself as a cluster of pastel houses clinging to the steep ledges of the Lattari Mountains, which reflect themselves in the clear sea below, surrounded by an intense fragrance of lemon and bright and vivid colors of bougainvillea. A forest filled Pine trees that are breathtaking.
Picnic lunch organized by your guide. Will be discussed first thing in the morning with your guide in how you would like it to be organized.
Walking across waves of rock, amidst shimmering, silver-leafed olive trees and bushes of brilliant yellow broom, to reach the paradisaical little beach opposite the Faraglioni of Capri.
Back to Montepertuso is where you will meet once again your driver.
You will be brought back to your pick up location. Return time is between 4-5pm.
Anyone who suffers from vertigo, heart condition, asthma may find this walk challenging. Please let the guide with any medical conditions.
- Pick up time: 8:00am or as per confirmation
- Return time: 4pm-5pm or as per confirmation
One of our professional, knowledgeable English speaking driver guides will be waiting at pick up location (where you will be tendered) or location agreed at 8 am, or according to the agreed time. Your driver will be holding a sign with your or your party’s name on it.
- Ports (Pick up is normally 8am or otherwise agreed upon)
Our escort driver will be waiting at the gangway of your cruise ship or outside the cruise ship terminal. The escort driver will be holding up a sign with the group’s name on it. The email that accompanies the voucher you receive at the time of booking will indicate the meeting point for each specific port. We recommend that you meet onboard before exiting the ship. This way you are all together when meeting your escort driver and the tour can commence much more efficiently. Otherwise, the wait time for others will be 20minutes, after which time the tour will proceed.
MontepertusoMontepertuso, SA, Italia
SorrentoSorrento, NA, Italia
- Luxury, private air-conditioned vehicle(transfer)
- English-speaking driver (Beginner-Intermediate)
- Parking, highway tolls, fuel, all taxes and driver maintenance included.
- Polls are supplied
- Trekking guide for 3-5hrs
- Gratuities range between 10-20 percent|(optional but appreciated)
- Each person will need the following items to make the excursion safe and enjoyable: closed shoes suitable for walking(i.e. sneakers or trainers, hiking boots), comfortable clothing for the walk, water, sunhat and sunscreen
- For groups of more than 8 people from Naples, Sorrento, Amalfi, Salerno we can either provide a Mercedes Sprinter minibus or multiple luxury minivans.