The Path of Gods by MountainBike
Stretches of the path
The historical centers of Bologna and Florence are connected by an ancient path crossing all the Tuscan-Emilian Apennines as well as retracing parts of the ancient Flaminia Military Roman Road
From Fiesole to Felsina, the Etruscans walked this path in order to develop their trade and extend their domain on the Po Valley for at least four centuries (VII-IV cent. BC). It was then that the Romans, having founded the colony of Bononia in 189 BC, felt the need to ensure a connection to Arezzo and Rome passing through the Apennines and they built, along the Etruscan trail, a real road. Even in the Middle Ages people continued to walk or ride this ancient path considered as the easiest way to cross the Apennines.
Thus, the Roman paving was replaced by a simple path, a sort of narrower muletrack without paving, used only by travelers who needed to go along this route. Today the “Via degli Dei” (Way of Gods) has become one of the main tourist attractions of the Tuscan-Emilian Apennines: many lovers of trekking and mountain biking can follow a path full of history while enjoying the pristine beauty of these places. The itinerary can be divided into 4 or more stages (on foot depending on walkers’ skills) or into two or more stages (by bike), the path is not very difficult.
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If you travel by train:
Here is the information for those traveling by train with their bike from the TrenItalia site.
On national trains, only one bicycle can be carried for free (dismantled and contained in a suitably folded bag or folding bike), placing it in the spaces provided for luggage.
If there is not enough space, you can set it up elsewhere, as long as it is not in the way or inconvenience to other customers or on-board staff. In any case, the dimensions must not exceed cm. 80x110x40
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Trail marking is essential both from the point of view of hiking and of development of the area too.Between 1990 and 1996, the CAI (Italian Alpine Club), through the Central Commission for Hiking, attempted to define the standards to be followed and that address was endorsed not only by the CAI sections and subsections, but also by many public and private local authorities for which the CAI has become the partner of choice for road signs and paths in general.
It is also known as vertical signage and is generally made up of the tables placed near the beginning of the path and at intersections that contain important information about the places indicating the name and altitude of the place of departure or the place of destination with the travel times and the number of path, also called trail; other types of tables are provided for the theme trails, inviting to walk in the path, for the respect of flora and fauna, the paths equipped for climbing routes, etc.
It is also known as horizontal or intermediate signage and consists of trail to paint white-red or red-white-red (also called flag and containing the number of the path) placed at the start and along the path, on rocks or plants, used to offer the information of continuity and confirmation of the path.