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
Each stage of the Via degli dei is rich in history, nature, culture and food and wine, four words that tell our country. We start from Bologna, symbol of this "minor" Italy but offering hidden treasures, we pass from San Luca with its arches, which for us are a source of security but that excite travelers who arrive at the sanctuary with effort and enthusiasm. We then descend down from the bregoli (Casalecchio di Reno), historic Easter Monday path for the Bolognese and, along the Reno, we arrive at Sasso Marconi, meeting places that hide real treasures (the Roman aqueduct, the oasis of San Gherardo, the Ponte di Vizzano ...) and continue to reach the protected area of Pliocene Contrafforte with its fossils and its particular vegetation (and along the way you can discover the age-old vine of Fantini, the botanical garden Nova Arbora, the columbarium of Monte del Frate ...). And if the tiredness for a moment has the upper hand, not far away, there is always a restaurant that offers traditional and traditional cuisine.
The journey continues towards Monzuno and then to Madonna dei Fornelli, a tourist destination for our grandparents which is living a second youth thanks to the discovery of path. A path that gives you the opportunity to step on many stretches of the ancient Roman road: the Flaminia Military . A journey where you can live pieces of history with the largest German cemetery in Italy in which over thirty thousand German soldiers rest Nature: immense green fields that alternate with different woods and many ancient chestnut trees testify the importance they once had for the nourishment and warmth of the population.
Culture: in Tuscany you can visit the Pieve of Sant'Agata dating back to 1175 with its museums of religious and peasant art ;the Convent of Bosco ai Frati, one of the oldest in Tuscany; the Trebbio Castle, one of the places most loved by Lorenzo the Magnificent and inhabited even by Amerigo Vespucci and the convent of Monte Senario.
And just before arriving at the Renaissance Florence, there’s Fiesole: an ancient Etruscan city on twin hills overlooking Florence. This, and lot’s more, is the Path of Gods.
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.