I hope you guys aren’t too tired of my Italy recaps yet because I have another one for you today!
In case you missed my other recaps, you can read them here:
- Italy Recap: Rome Part I
- Italy Recap: Naples & Amalfi
- Italy Recap: Day 2 Amalfi & Pompeii
- What I Ate Wednesday: In Italy
Today I’m going to tell you about one of my favorite activities from the whole trip: hiking up the Path of the Gods!
In case you are unfamiliar with this hike, it takes about two days to complete the entire thing and it travels along the entire Amalfi Coast. It is hundreds and hundreds of years old and was created by the horses and mules that used to travel through the mountains to bring their goods from town to town. It’s amazing!
On Tuesday morning, the day of our hike, Fabio and I had a quick breakfast with my mom and stepdad before heading out to meet our hiking guide. It seems like you could probably do the hike without a guide, but we read reviews about people who got lost and their three hour hike turned into a ten hour one. Yikes. We wanted to play it safe by getting a guide and I am so glad we did!
We hopped in the car and drove over to Praiano, which is where our hike began (there are lots of different places where you can enter/exit the hike, which is another reason why it’s a good idea to have a guide!)
Here we are at the start!
The hike is called the Path of the Gods because the ancient Italians thought its beauty was so great that it would please the Roman Gods (we’re talking BC here!).
A few minutes into our hike we saw a pasture where a horse and its foal were kept. It was so nuts to see the horses way up high in the mountains!
Hey little guy!
From the pasture we could also see where the ancient Italians actually lived. Apparently piracy was a huge problem a long time ago so the Italians would come live in the mountains to escape the pirates. These were all poor fishing villages, so the pirates weren’t looking for money, but instead captured people and took them as slaves. It was pretty cool to see the houses people lived in so long ago to escape the pirates.
Before long we started to see the incredible views!
In the picture above, you can see some of the terracing the Italians used to grow their crops. Basically they cut into the actual mountain and leveled it out in rows to plant things like grapes and lemon trees. It would take years and years to get the terracing right, and it was so impressive to see terracing that was created hundreds of years ago still holding strong. Wow.
The hike was no joke and we worked up quite a sweat! It was a bit dangerous (um, like falling off the cliff) and I was really glad we decided to go with a guide.
Before long the views got even better, which I didn’t think was possible. In this picture, you can see all the way down the coast to Capri. It was amazing.
Here is the adorable town of Positano, which is a bit bigger than Amalfi.
Here I am with the guide enjoying the view!
Our hike lasted about three hours, and the views just got better and better.
Our hike was absolutely incredible and I know it will be an experience I will never forget! If any of you are ever in this area it’s a must-do!
After our hike, our guide took us to meet up with my mom and stepdad for another nice lunch. This time it was at a quiet little place in the mountains which had yet another beautiful view!
After lunch we headed back to Amalfi and Fabio decided to spend the afternoon on the beach!
It was another gorgeous day and I really enjoyed the sun and sea 🙂 The water was quite chilly and the beach had volcanic dark sand or pebbles!
After spending a couple of hours on the beach we headed back up to the hotel to get prettied up for dinner. Since it was our last night in Amalfi we went back to the Hotel Luna Conventa which had such a gorgeous view.
Love this bunch!
Question of the day: Have you ever done something somewhat dangerous on vacation? Our guide assured us that in the past few years only around 10 people have died on our hike, either from fainting, having a heart attack, or not respecting the mountain and the trail. It was a little unnerving, but I guess ten is a pretty low number, respectively.