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Group trip on Via Degli Dei (from Bologna to Florence) 23-28 June
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Guided 
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6 days
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Jun
Code:
ITGWS05
price from € 740
Group trip on Via Degli Dei (from Bologna to Florence) 23-28 June
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Group trip on Via Degli Dei (from Bologna to Florence) 23-28 June

Group trip on Via Degli Dei (from Bologna to Florence) 23-28 June - 6 days

International group with an Italian and English speaking guide. 

An ancient Roman military road connects Bologna to Firenze, running through an incredible landscape where history and nature merge in a six-day walking tale. Have you heard of the Via degli Dei, the Road of the Gods? Now you can walk it in a guided group, with each step telling you its one thousand legends. 

We start in Bologna and arrive in Florence along the ancient “Flaminia militare” Roman road, the traces of which are still to be found under our feet; along the way we will encounter mountains named after Roman Gods, Roman amphitheaters, military cemeteries enshrined within the woods, and fossils of prehistoric shells embedded in the rock.

Our journey takes us from Piazza Maggiore in Bologna to Piazza della Signoria in Florence, the cradle of Renaissance, the much-coveted destination of the trip, where, after emerging from the beauty of Nature, we will admire the mastery of the human hand.

Route
Day 1: 23/06 - Arrival in Bologna and walk to Sasso Marconi - 20 km
Day 2: 24/06 - from Sasso Marconi to Madonna dei Fornelli (20 km)
Day 3: 25/06 - Madonna di Fornelli - Passo della Futa (10 km)
Day 4: 26/06 - From Passo della Futa to san Piero a Sieve - 28 km
Day 5: 27/06 - From San Piero to Sieve ad Olmo - 20 km
Day 6: 28/06 - from Olmo to Fiesole - 10 km (and departure)

Day 1:    23/06 - Arrival in Bologna and walk to Sasso Marconi - 20 km

In the morning we meet in Bologna and leave our bags, which will be taken to our next accommodation, before setting off for the first day of our trip.

From Piazza Maggiore, the heart of the city, we walk to the Portico di San Luca, built in 1674: this is the longest covered street in the world, 4 km dominated by 666 arches, which extends all the way to the Basilica of San Luca.

We walk across Parco Tolon where the Casalecchio lock-gate has been managing the flow of the Reno River into the city of Bologna for 800 years. We then reach your accommodation in Sasso Marconi, named in honour of the Nobel Prize winning scientist Guglielmo Marconi who was born here.

Day 2:    24/06 - from Sasso Marconi to Madonna dei Fornelli (20 km)

After breakfast we take a short transfer to Brento, from where we start walking towards Madonna dei Fornelli.

The star of today’s walk is the Contrafforte Pliocenico, a rocky bastion that rose from the shallow sea during the Pliocene age (2-4 million years ago) – the proofs of which are to be found in the fossils of ancient shells still embedded in the local rocks.

Along the route we encounter sandy trails that climb to the edge of the abyss along the spectacular path that assends to the top of Mount Adone, with its characteristic stone towers.

We then finally reach the Madonna dei Fornelli – meaning “Holy Mother of the Burners”, the name of this tiny village derives from the small fires that the local coalmen would light in the forests to slowly burn the wood turning it into coal.

Day 3:    25/06 - Madonna di Fornelli - Passo della Futa (10 km)

Today starts with a visit to the Sanctuary of the Madonna della Neve – the Holy Mother of Snow – to whom the village is devoted, before setting off towards the Passo della Futa.

This section is especially beautiful as we walk through immense green fields and chestnut woods. At our feet are Roman paving stones of the “Flaminia Militare”, the Roman road that used to link Bologna to Arezzo; we will see  traces of the Roman passage still visible on the stones to Pian di Balestra where we find ourselves at the border between Emilia and Tuscany. 

We continue to the Passo della Futa, the biggest German cemetery in Italy, where more than 30.000 German soldiers were laid to rest. A place built for the war, now immersed in silence and peace. 

From here we take a transfer  to Firenzuola, the "small Florence", dominated by an imposing Rocca (fortress) surrounded by high battlement walls. 

Day 4:    26/06 - From Passo della Futa to san Piero a Sieve - 28 km

Today we descend the Futa Pass. Monte Gazzaro, with its white cross, is the highest peak that we reach today; from here you will admire the breathtaking view of the Firenzuola valley and Mugello.

A wide down-hill path leads us to Sant’Agata, with its museums dedicated to both sacred and peasant art. At this point you will begin to notice the scenery changing around you, a more typical Tuscan landscape.

At San Piero to Sieve you can treat yourself to the robust local cuisine of Mugello, and enjoy the typical Ramerino bread (a Tuscan Rosemary bread).

Day 5:     27/06 - From San Piero to Sieve ad Olmo - 20 km

After leaving San Piero we continue towards the Castello del Trebbio, one of the residences of the Medici family, now private. This spot offers exceptional views that extend over the Mugello valley and Lake Bilancino.

The route continues through large olive groves, continuously climbing to finally reach the Montesenario Monastery, which dominates the mountain with the same name - the view from here, encompassing the entire Mugello Valley, is the "gift from the gods" for our efforts!

Day 6:    28/06 - from Olmo to Fiesole - 10 km (and departure)

We are now on the outskirts of Florence, the end of our journey is at hand and there is much excitement! Today’s walk is shorter and we begin by heading towards Fiesole, where we pass through Vetta le Croci, a place where 200,000 barbarians (killed during the battle of Montereggi, 405 A.D.) are said to be buried.

From there we continue descending towards Fiesole, a terraced Etruscan town overlooking the city of Florence. Our trip together ends here, but you still have several choices: you can visit the well preserved Roman amphitheatre, climb to reach the San Francesco Church and admire the view of Florence, walk directly to Florence, or continue your exploration alone finding the perfect conclusion to your personal journey. 

accommodation

The trip is based on 3* hotels and B&B 

All hotels have heating and A/C, and ensuite private services. 

The trip includes all breakfasts and two dinners 

practical info

From Florence airport (FLR), take the direct local bus to downtown and then the train to Bologna.

From Pisa airport (PSA), you can take either a direct train or bus to Florence and then the train to Bologna.

From Bologna airport (BLQ), take the bus downtown.

To return from Florence you can reach both Pisa and Bologna by train.

Check train and timetables on:

www.trenitalia.com (train)

www.busfox.com/timetable/ (bus)

Included

Included:

  • 5 nights in *** stars hotels / b&b with breakfast in twin shared room
  • welcome dinner (beverage not included)
  • luggage transport from hotel to hotel
  • transfers as indicated in the programme (Day 2 and 3)
  • Tour Guide from the first to the last day (morning of the 6th day) at client disposal - This is an international group tour, with an English and Italian speaking guide 
  • 24/7 telephone support 
  • Luggage/Medical Insurance
  • Sojourn tax

Excluded:

  • travel to/from starting and ending point
  • lunches and dinners where not mentioned in the programme
  • beverage
  • tickets entrance where not mentioned in the programme
  • tips
  • extras and all is not mentioned in the "included" 

Please note: travel will be confirmed with a minimun number of 6 particpiants

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