1° STRETCH: FROM BOLOGNA TO BADOLO
Lenght: 19,30 km
Duration: 6:50 circa
Elevation up: +854 m
Elevation down: -552 m
From Bologna FS station take Via Indipendenza and go to Piazza Maggiore, the starting point (or arrival) of Via degli Dei. Go on to via Saragozza and walk under the longest arcade which arrives to the Santuario della beata Vergine di San Luca. The arcade was built in 1674. It is long 3800 m and it is formed by 666 arcs, 3,6 Km of length. When you arrive at the San Luca's Church behave as a true Bologna citizen and ask for a "grace"! Then walk for 200 m on the street car and take the CAI track on the right side called "Via de' Brègoli" number 112A. This way will take you to Parco Talon in Casalecchio di Reno. On the way you will see two crossing streets. You can take both of them but the one on the right side is faster but more difficult (don't take it if there are bad weather conditions).
After Parco Talon you can continue to walk near the river Reno. Here you will see written signals about Via degli Dei and CAI track 112. Go on walking to Sasso Marconi. Before arriving here you will get to Oasi Naturalistica di San Gherardo, on your right side. It come from a cave near Palazzo de' Rossi and today it is a natural and protected area for animals and plants. Here you can do birdwatching, trekking and nordic walking (but only by appointment). Oasi San Gherardo has also a "Nature Home". This is a place where visitors and schools can go to see and know all about nature and animals of this area. Go on and after Oasi San Gherardo you will arrive to the car street. Go ahead until the main crossing point Sasso Marconi/Pontecchio and take Sasso Marconi side. Go on in via Vizzano and you will arrive to a place called "Ganzole" in Sasso Marconi (CAI VD).
From Sasso Marconi train station go on on the track CAI 122 and you will get to Prati di Mugnano.
Once you reach the Prati di Mugnano, head inside the park, pass the parking lot and arrive at the "Piazza" where you continue following the path CAI 122 VD You must continue along the CAI 122 which turns sharply left just before the crossroads of the Commenda. (if you get there go back 50 meters) You arrive in via delle Orchidee and turn right on the Provinciale di Badolo until you get to the Nova Arbora Botanical Garden. Continue along the paved road for 200 meters and then turn left along Via delle Valli
Lenght: 21.60 km
Elevaton: +827 m; -525 m Duration: 2.30 h