Reasons to walk
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.
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.
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.
1) Madonna dei Fornelli, an out of time town
This typical Apennines town, born as an holiday destination, has now become a landmark along the Via degli Dei. Today Madonna dei Fornelli, can withstand competition with low-cost and Alpine dews, offering tourists a protected typical Emilian environment.
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.
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.
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.