Tuscany:”The Way of Gods”, from Bologna to Florence
La Via degli Dei: from Bologna to Florence
La Via degli Dei is a path that connects Bologna to Florence. The route, literally The Route of Gods, retrace an ancient historical road, Via Flaminia, wanted by the Etruscan and then used during the Roman period. The name of the route probably comes from the toponyms of some mountains crossed like Monte Adone (Mt. Adonis), Monzuno (Mt. Jupiter), Monte Luario (Lua, Goddess of Penitence). With a light backpack, we will lose ourself in the Appennine forest, walking through enchanted landscape until Florence.
1st Day: From Bologna to Badolo
Meeting in Bologna town centre where our adventure will start. From Piazza Maggiore, town’s heart, we will pass through the St. Luke’s arcade with its 666 arches, reaching the church of Our Lady of St. Luke. In 1433 constant rains fell over the Bolognese territory threatening the entire harvest. The Elders of Bologna decided to carry the image of the Madonna, maybe painted by Luca the evangelist, down to the city to avoid the risk of starvation. The rain suddenly stopped. Since then, the effigy is carried down to the Cathedral of St. Pietro the days before the Ascension. By an irony of fate, those days it rains.
6/7 hours walking, 21 km lenght, 817m elevation+, 515m elevation - .
2nd Day: From Badolo to Madonna dei Fornelli
We will reach the top of Mt. Adone and take a breath. We are immersed in a real geological open – air museum: the Pliocene Spur, where fossils and shells show that these places were covered by the sea. Climbing down from the top of Mt Adone, you can enjoy a splendid view over the valley. You can also observe two kind of vegetation: brooms, chestnut and oaks typical of the Appennines.
9 hours walking, 28 km lenght, 1460m gain+, 1038m gain-
3rd Day: From Madonna dei Fornelli to Monte di Fo
Our body is getting used to his more natural instinct: walking. Next stop Madonna dei Fornelli a typical Appenine town. Born as an holiday destination today can withstand competition with Alpine dews, offering tourists a protected typical Emilian environment. Along the way, we can observe striated sandstone cliffs from 50cm to few metres thick. It is “pietra serena” which dates back to Etruscan and Roman times used for typical architectural works in this area. We will get our first destination: reaching Mt. Poggiaccio we will be halfway to Florence!
5/6 hours walking, 17km lenght, 783m elevation+, 753 elevation -
4th Day: From Monte di Fo to San Piero a Sieve
The hardest part of the trail finish: Florence is not too far away. Sweet hills and sleepy villages will go along with us until San Piero a Sieve. It was an important village in the Middle Ages thanks to its strategic position and its bridge. The bridge, which connected Florence to the Romagna and the Casentino to the Valdarno was repeatedly destroyed by the River Sieve flood and was restored to its original shape until the 1943 bombing.
6 hours walking, 21 km Lenght, 641m elevation+, 1197 elevation -
5th Day: From San Piero a Sieve to Fiesole
It is going to be the last real hiking day. We will see Trebbio Castel (a medieval building commissioned by Cosimo de’ Medici. It also hosted important historical figures like Lorenzo Il Magnifico, Giovanni dalle Bande Nere and Amerigo Vespucci) and Buonsollazzo Abbey. It takes its name from the Latin “bonum solacium”, meaning good sun exposure, due to its constant exposure to the sunlight. We will spend our last night in Fiesole, an Etruscan town with an importan archeological area: the roman theatre, the St. Romolo Cathedral and St. Francesco Monastery. In 1506 fiesole hills was the place of a very revolutionary experiment: Leonardo Da Vinci flying machine testing.
8 hours walking, 26 km Lenght, 1000m elevation +, 1100m elevation -
6th Day: From Fiesole to Florence
3 hours walking, 7 km Lenght, 200m elevation +, 300m elevation -N.B. The activity order and contents can change in order to the Guide decision, in case specific circumstances occur.
Itineraries on road or large track that don’t require specific training or bearing skills. However, it is necessary to don’t have reduced mobility or cardiovascular disease. 200 m maximum gain and 3 h maximum walking (break excluded)
BeginnersItineraries on easy to find tracks. They need a minimum of training and equipment. 400 m maximum gain and 4 h maximum walking (break excluded)
PassionateItineraries on easy to find tracks, also in snowy area with moderate slope. They need a minimum of equipment and bearing skills, walking training in mountain condition for few hours. 600 m maximum gain and 5 h maximum walking (break excluded)
HighlanderItineraries not well marked. They need a reasonable mountain knowledge and absence of vertigo. Physical training should be appropriate to a full day walking. 600 m maximum gain and more than 5 h walking (break excluded).
Tour infoMinimum number of participants: 6 Luggage and backpacks: A good level of physical training is required. We will walk the entire route on foot with a small backpack. Luggages will be moved from one accomodation to the other. Allergies and specific diet: Don’t forget to inform us about your specific dietary need. Last minute request may not be accepted. On the route could be difficult to find detail food like gluten – free. For this reason we higly recommend to bring your own food. Single bedroom: On request with extra cost
ContactsTravel Agency Il Ponticello Coop. a r.l. Strada della Chiusa 4/11, 61122 Pesaro (PU) Tel: +39 0721 482607 (lun/ven 9,30-18,30) Cell. +39 338 7145465 / 3703028464 E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org IBAN – IT19J0882613300000010102092 SWIFT/BIC – ICRAITRRMY0 Indicate on the payment description:
- Name of the activity
- Date and place of the activity
- Number of participants
The price includes:
- Accomodation in Hotel, agritourism and B&B;
- 5 dinners in typical restaurant;
- Accomodation in double, triple bedrooms or four bed apartments like described above;
- Luggages transport day by day;
- Guided hike on the Via degli Dei route;
- AIGAE Walking and Nature Guide
The price does not include
- Personal insurance;
- Packed lunches (you can buy directly in the accomodation);
- Personal extras;
- Anything not indicated in “The prices includes"
Coverage: Polizza Europassistance Viaggi Nostop Gruppi
On request, we can activate: BASE Insurance Policy It should be requested together with the tour booking because it has to be issued within 24 hours from the booking confirmation. Payment has to be done together with the deposit specifying on the payment description “Deposit and BASE Insurance Policy”. Alternatively, it is possible to activate the TOP Cancellation Policy with 15 days before the departure.
- Cancellation within 30 days before the departure: 25% loss of the total cost;
- Cancellation from 29 to 16 days before the departure: 50% loss of the total cost;
- Cancellation from 15 to 6 days before the departure: 75% loss of the total cost;
- Cancellation within 5 days before the departure: 100% loss
Same penalty are applied to everybody lacking of valid ID or Passport.