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Before leaving

The right approach to trekking

Below you will find some useful information to walk the Via degli Dei with tranquility, with a correct approach to the environment that you cross:

  • Don't underestimate this path. They are not the Alps but the total altitude difference is around 5,000 meters and so before leaving, train, train, train. If possible, do tests even several days in a row (for example on Saturdays and Sundays) to understand your recovery times.

  • Organize your trip before leaving, book the facilities (especially in the covid era it is necessary but in summer and on bridges / holidays it is essential). LIST OF STRUCTURES

  • It is essential to have the hiking map and / or guide with you.

  • If necessary, you can download the APP or request the GPX tracks from the reference offices. However, keep in mind that it is better to view the tracks with a GPS device, because the mobile phone does not always pick up and the batteries run out quickly.

  • You can receive further information by contacting InfoSasso (051 6758409 - info@infosasso.it) or eXtraBO in Piazza Nettuno 1 / ab in Bologna (346 115 9222)

FOR THE TRIP

  • If possible, start the journey early in the morning. Free time in the afternoon allows you to metabolize the experience, to reflect, to rest  and better prepare for the next day.

  • Clothing must be essential and always suitable for the season.

  • It is advisable to wear non-bulky and breathable clothing, dressing in layers to better adapt to the climatic conditions.

  • We recommend good quality hiking shoes and socks.

  • On long walks it is advisable to use Nordic walking poles because they help to distribute the weight better, straining the legs less.

  • The Via degli Dei is well signposted but you need to know what to look for, then know the CAI signs (white and red). If this is your first trek, find out how they are organized, it will make it easier for you to understand where to look for them. You can study them here: LINK

  • Seeing the weather forecast is essential in planning your trip. It is important to have in tow and to know how to consult the hiking map, compass and altimeter.

  • It is useful to keep friends or family informed of our path.

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Per il viaggio
 

  • Iniziate il cammino possibilmente al mattino presto. Il tempo libero al pomeriggio permette di riposarsi e prepararsi al meglio per il giorno successivo.

  • L’abbigliamento deve essere essenziale e sempre adeguato alla stagione.

  • È consigliabile indossare indumenti non ingombranti e traspiranti, vestendosi a strati per meglio adattarsi alle condizioni climatiche.

  • Raccomandiamo scarpe e calze da trekking di buona qualità.

  • Sui lunghi cammini è consigliabile l’uso dei bastoncini da nordic walking perché aiutano a distribuire meglio il peso sugli arti superiori, affaticando meno le gambe.

  • La Via degli Dei è ben segnalata, grazie alla segnaletica CAI bianca e rossa lungo il percorso. Se è il vostro primo trekking, informatevi bene su come sono organizzati, vi faciliterà a capire dove cercarli. Potete studiali qui: LINK

  • Consultare le previsioni meteo è fondamentale nella pianificazione del viaggio: il meteo in Appennino è molto variabile e sono frequenti cambi improvvisi di temperatura e di precipitazioni durante il giorno.

  • Consigliamo di tenere informati amici o familiari sulle tappe che state percorrendo.

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Infopoints along the route

For all the information, you can contact the 11 tourist offices along the way. Before and during the trip, the operators will be happy to clarify all your doubts and provide you with all the advice you need. Here's the list:

 

InfoSasso

Via Porrettana, 314 - Sasso Marconi (BO)

From Tuesday to Friday from 09.30 to 14.00 and from 15.00 to 19.00 / Saturday from 09.30 to 14.00. Sunday at events. Monday closed.

Tel. 0516758409

ExtraBO

Piazza del Nettuno, 1/ab – Bologna (BO)

From Monday to Saturday from 09:00 to 19:00 / Sunday and holidays from 10:00 to 17:00

Tel. 051 658 3109

 

Infopoint It only happens in Bologna

Corte De' Galluzzi, 13a – Bologna (BO)

Every day from 09.30 to 13.00 and from 15.00 to 19.30

Tel. 0512840436

 

Uit Colli Bolognesi -  Villa Edvige Garagnani

Via Masini, 11 - Zola Predosa (BO)

Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday from 14.30 to 19.00 / Saturday from 9.00 to 13.00 and from 15.00 to 18.00. Tuesday and Sunday closed.

Tel. 3668982707

Foiatonda - infopoint Municipality of  San Benedetto Val di Sambro

Piazza Madonna della Neve, 15 - Madonna dei Fornelli (BO)

Tel. 389 6409004 /351 6487521

 

Phew. Tourist information

Via Palmiro Togliatti, 45 - Borgo San Lorenzo (FI)

Saturday and Sunday from 09:00 to 13:00 and from 15:00 to 19:00

Tel. 05584527185

 

Pro Loco San Piero a Sieve

Via Pietro Cipriani, 8 - Scarperia and San Piero (FI)

From Monday to Friday from 10:00 to 12:00. Saturday and Sunday closed.

Tel. 0558487241

 

Municipal Tourist Desk

c/o Circolo Arci di Bivigliano via della Vecchia Scuola 48 – Bivigliano (FI)

From Monday to Friday from 07:30 to 12:00. Saturday and Sunday closed.

Tel. 0550355051

 

Tourist Information Office

Via Portigiani 3 - Fiesole (FI)

From Friday to Monday from 10:00 to 13:00 and from 16:00 to 18:00. Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday closed.

Tel. 0555961311

 

Feel Florence - Tourist Information Municipality of Florence

Station Square, 4 - Florence (FI)

From Monday to Saturday from 09:00 to 19:00 / Sunday from 09:00 to 14:00.

Tel. 055212245

 

Tourist information point

Via Camillo Cavour, 1/r - Florence (FI)

Tel. 055290832

What do we put in the backpack?

 

To optimize your backpack to the maximum so that you do not miss the bare essentials and that it does not contain anything superfluous, here is a list of what should never be missing:
• At least 2L of water (3 in the warm months / hot drink in the winter);
• Hiking map, credential, guide, sunglasses, pocket knife, flashlight, battery charger, powerbank, camera, smartphone, insect repellent;
• Rain cover or poncho;
 

• Airtight bag for valuables and clothing to keep dry in case of rain.


Clothing
In general we recommend breathable materials. Dress in layers to better fit
weather conditions.
• Windbreaker and waterproof jacket;
• Neck protector, bandana, hat and sunscreen to protect yourself from the sun;
• Cap, thermal hat, gloves.


Footwear
We always recommend ankle-length boots with a molded sole.

Flip flops, sandals or tennis shoes only for when we are not on the way.

Do not underestimate the socks and invest some of your budget to buy good ones: take the breathable ones, in technical material and not in cotton that take time to dry and could make you blister.

Personal hygiene

Toothbrush, toothpaste, soap, deodorant, bandages and plasters, arnica gel, disinfectant gel,
tick forceps, personal medicines.


Food
Nuts, bars, chocolate, candies, honey (for an energy snack).
Pack up your lunch in advance or make sure you go to a built-up area
in case you need supplies.

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