Bologna, with its 40 km of arcades, is the starting point of the itinerary, Florence, a UNESCO heritage site, the place of arrival (but it could also be the other way around!).
In the middle there is the Tuscan-Emilian Apennines, with its charm of a place yet to be discovered: the Naturalistic Reserve of the Pliocene Contrafforte, the "Flaminia militare", a road built in 187 BC by the will of the Roman consul C. Flaminio, the Castle del Trebbio, commissioned by Cosimo I de 'Medici, the Sanctuary of Monte Senario where the friars offer walkers the liqueur "Gemma di abeto", secretly prepared on site, the city of Fiesole, a jewel village of the Florentine hills of Etruscan foundation .. .
All this is the Via degli Dei, a non-religious itinerary but born from the spirit of a group of Bolognese walkers from the CAI Association (the Dû pâs e 'na gran magnè , Two steps and a great meal in dialect) who wanted to reach Florence to ... eat an excellent Florentine with the goliardic spirit of those who walk to enjoy the journey and the little things in life.
Equally it is a historical path that the Etruscans and Romans traveled to develop their trades, which merchants and travelers undertook during the Middle Ages, which saw tragic moments such as the Second World War (largely we are on the Gothic Line) and which today has to revive small Apennine villages that would otherwise have suffered the abandonment of their inhabitants due to lack of work or opportunities.
IDENTITY CARD OF THE WAY
Name: Via degli Dei
Monte Adone, Monzuno - Mons Iovis, Monte di Giove, Monte Venere, Monte Luario, Lua was the Roman goddess of atonement
Places crossed: From Bologna to Florence
Length: about 130 km
Number of stages on foot: 5 or 6 but it can be modulated according to the weather and the aptitudes of the walkers
Number of stages on 2 wheels: 2 or 3
Credentials of the walk: Yes (not a religious document but a nice souvenir to take home)
Official Cartography: Yes, in scale 1: 25.000 -> INFO
All info: infoSASSO Tourist Office, Via Porrettana 314, Sasso Marconi (Bo)
Contacts: 051 6758409 - firstname.lastname@example.org
Today the Via degli Dei is traveled by many people with different needs and, in recent years, it is being structured to offer the best services to all those who travel, often for the first time, on foot and by mountain bike.