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The Way of the Gods

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The Way of the Gods involves two regions, Tuscany and Emilia Romagna, for a total of about 120 km.


The route is an unforgettable journey among some of the most evocative places of the Apennines and it goes back along the tracks of ancient peoples who had settled in this area. On the peaks between the Setta and Savena, the Etruscans went along an ancient road, for at least 4 centuries (7th-4th c. BC), that linked Fiesole with Felsina, in order to develop trade and aid in their domination of the Po River valley plains. The Romans, having founded the colony of Bononia in 189 BC on the ancient remains of Felsina, needed to establish a link with Arezzo and Rome through the Apennines: in 187 BC, on the previous Etruscan path and thanks to the consul Gaius Flaminius, they built a true Roman, trans-Apennine road called the Flaminia Militare.


Also in the Middle Ages it was quite common to go by foot or on horseback along this ancient route, the easiest for crossing this part of the Apennines. Nonetheless, when the Roman road fell into disuse and became overgrown with vegetation, it was replaced by a simple path, a narrow mule track without paving, used by travelers who needed to make this journey.


The Way of the Gods, an itinerary created at the end of the 1980s by a group of Bologna hikers, retraces, for the most part, these ancient paths and, between Mount Bastione and Mount Fo’, passes by some prized stone markers of the Roman road which have been rediscovered.


The Way of the Gods has become one of the main tourist attractions of the Apennines: many hiking enthusiasts and mountain biking fans take on this piece of history, fully enjoying the uncontaminated beauty of these places.


The entire walk from Bologna to Florence - which is not particularly difficult - can be done in just four to six days on foot, or two or three days by bike, and all of it is suited to the training and ability of regular walkers.


In detail

Regions crossed: Emilia-Romagna, Tuscany


Legs: there are five: Bologna Badolo, Badolo - Madonna dei Fornelli, Madonna dei Fornelli Monte di Fo’, Monte di Fo’ – San Piero a Sieve, San Piero a Sieve – Florence.

1st leg: Bologna Badolo 21.3 km

2nd leg: Badolo Madonna dei Fornelli 28 km

3rd leg: Madonna dei Fornelli- Monte di Fò 17.25 km


Length: 120 km between Emilia Romagna and Tuscany; the section in Emilia Romagna is 66.5 km long.


Level of difficulty: medium due mostly to the length of some legs, but the route does not have any particular technical difficulties.



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