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 - email@example.com) 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.
Infopoint lungo il percorso
Per avere tutte le informazioni, potete contattare gli 11 uffici turistici presenti lungo il cammino. Prima e durante il viaggio, gli operatori saranno lieti di chiarire ogni vostro dubbio e fornirvi tutti i consigli desiderati. Ecco la lista:
Via Porrettana, 314 - Sasso Marconi (BO)
Da Martedì a Venerdì dalle 09:30 alle 14:00 e dalle 15:00 alle 19:00 / Sabato dalle 09:30 alle 14:00. Domenica in occasione di eventi. Lunedì chiuso.
Piazza del Nettuno, 1/ab – Bologna (BO)
Da Lunedì a Sabato dalle 09:00 alle 19:00/ Domenica e festivi dalle 10:00 alle 17:00
Tel. 051 658 3109
Infopoint Succede solo a Bologna
Corte De’ Galluzzi, 13a – Bologna (BO)
Tutti i giorni dalle 09:30 alle 13:00 e dalle 15:00 alle 19:30
Uit Colli Bolognesi - Villa Edvige Garagnani
Via Masini, 11 - Zola Predosa (BO)
Lunedì, Mercoledì, Giovedì e Venerdì dalle 14:30 alle 19:00 / Sabato dalle 9:00 alle 13:00 e dalle 15:00 alle 18:00. Martedì e Domenica chiuso.
Foiatonda - infopoint Comune di San Benedetto Val di Sambro
Piazza Madonna della Neve, 15 - Madonna dei Fornelli (BO)
Tel. 389 6409004 /351 6487521
Uff. Informazioni Turistiche
Via Palmiro Togliatti, 45 - Borgo San Lorenzo (FI)
Sabato e Domenica dalle 09:00 alle 13:00 e dalle 15:00 alle 19:00
Pro Loco San Piero a Sieve
Via Pietro Cipriani, 8 - Scarperia e San Piero (FI)
Da Lunedì a Venerdì dalle 10:00 alle 12:00. Sabato e Domenica chiuso.
Sportello Turistico Comunale
c/o Circolo Arci di Bivigliano via della Vecchia Scuola 48 – Bivigliano (FI)
Da Lunedì a Venerdì dalle 07:30 alle 12:00. Sabato e Domenica chiuso.
Ufficio Informazioni Turistiche
Via Portigiani 3 - Fiesole (FI)
Da Venerdì a Lunedì dalle 10:00 alle 13.00 e dalle 16:00 alle 18:00. Martedì, Mercoledì e Giovedì chiuso.
Feel Florence - Informazioni Turistiche Comune di Firenze
Piazza della Stazione, 4 - Firenze (FI)
Da Lunedì a Sabato dalle 09:00 alle 19:00 / Domenica dalle 09:00 alle 14:00.
Punto informazioni Turistiche
Via Camillo Cavour, 1/r - Firenze (FI)
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.
In general we recommend breathable materials. Dress in layers to better fit
• Windbreaker and waterproof jacket;
• Neck protector, bandana, hat and sunscreen to protect yourself from the sun;
• Cap, thermal hat, gloves.
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.
Toothbrush, toothpaste, soap, deodorant, bandages and plasters, arnica gel, disinfectant gel,
tick forceps, personal medicines.
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.
When moving in a natural environment it is a must to have careful behavior
and respectful of everything around us:
We do not damage plants, fossils and products of the undergrowth. Let us remember that we travel through protected environments.
We don't light fires.
We keep dogs on a leash or with a harness: in parks it is mandatory.
We do not abandon waste. Let's take a bag with us to keep them in our backpack until the evening
We prevent any risk of fire.
We also take into account that some paths can be particularly challenging in case of unfavorable weather conditions.
We always follow the official paths and when in doubt we go back to the last signpost indicated.
In the Apennines, free camping is forbidden, let us rely on the structures that can accommodate you in exchange for services.
Let us abandon the rush to arrive and enjoy the journey: it will be our best memory.
Fire Brigade 115
Medical Assistance 118
Emilia Romagna Alpine Rescue 118. In case of lack of signal coverage: 112.
State Forestry Corps 1515
CAI Italian Alpine Club - Bologna Section 051 234856
CAI Italian Alpine Club - Florence Section 055 6120467
GEV - Volunteer Ecological Guards of Bologna 051 6347464