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Reasons to walk

Via degli Dei: The historic route that connects Bologna to Florence

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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.  
 
FOR ANY INFORMATION ABOUT THE STAGES OF THE ROUTE OR FURTHER INFORMATION, PLEASE CONTACT: 
 
SASSO MARCONI TOURIST INFORMATION OFFICE 
VIA PORRETTANA 314, 40037 SASSO MARCONI (BO)
TEL.+39  051 6758409 - This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. - WWW.VIADEGLIDEI.IT

Bologna

Bologna is a historic city with about 380,000 inhabitants. Although it is known and loved by all Italians, is less well known among foreign visitors. Is the capital and the largest city in the Emilia-Romagna region and is a wonderful city in northern Italy, is famous for the oldest university in the Western world. Is much loved for its architecture, especially its palette of red brick, burnt orange and warm yellow. The historic center is extended, characterized by miles and miles of attractive covered walkways, known as "arcades", and is one of the best preserved in Europe. Bologna is the home of the oldest university of the Europe, which dates back to the 11th century, and a significant part of its population is made up of college students off-site.

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UNFORGETTABLE 10: FROM BOLOGNA TO BADOLO

1) The heart of Bologna

Piazza Maggiore, a meeting place for people of different ages and origins, is surrounded by the symbols of Bologna: the Neptune Fountain, the Basilica of San Petronio, the Palazzo del Podestà, Palazzo Re Enzo and Palazzo d'Accursio. This is the starting point of the Via degli Dei. The square dates back to the Middle Ages, when it replaced all buildings to contain citizens.
(Info: www.bolognawelcome.com)

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UNFORGETTABLE 10 – FROM BADOLO TO MADONNA DEI FORNELLI

1) The notebook of Monte Adone

Once you have reached the mountain top (the highest one of the Pliocene Natural Reserve) and once you can take a breath, two crosses (black and white) and a metal box will appear in front of you. Opening it and reading comments left by former excursionists while wind blows against your face makes you feel part of a community. Don't forget to write date, time and a comment for future visitors.

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UNFORGETTABLE 10 - FROM MONTE DI FO’ TO SAN PIERO A SIEVE

1) The white cross in the summit/foresummit of Monte Gazzaro

Once you have got to the mountain foresummit, a white cross appears to you along with a summit book in an old box (with symbolic figures on it) hidden under a bench made of "pietra serena". It is extremely rare to find a cross in the foresummit of a mountain.

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UNFORGETTABLE 10 - FROM SAN PIERO A SIEVE TO FIRENZE

1) The Castle of Trebbio

It is a medieval castle commissioned by Cosimo de' Medici which hosted historical important figures: Lorenzo Il Magnifico who spent his days hunting, Giovanni dalle Bande nere who lived there for a short period and Amerigo Vespucci who chose it as a shelter from the plague in Florence.

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Firenze

The heart of Florence is Piazza della Signoria with its majestic Palazzo Vecchio, with its gallery of masterpieces of sculpture in the Loggia dei Lanzi and the nearby Uffizi Gallery, one of the most famous art museums in the world. Not far away there is the cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore, with its majestic dome (the largest ever built) that, at the time of the Grand Duchy, it was said that with his shadow to cover the whole of Tuscany, the enormous Cathedral is beautifully accompanied by the Bell Tower, one of the most beautiful in Italy, and the Baptistery of San Giovanni, with its famous bronze doors among which is the golden gate of heaven.

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