Hiking with the Gods
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Imagine to follow a path that has more than 2500 years, where the echoes of peoples who inhabited Italy over the centuries resounds. It’s the Way of the Gods (Via degli Dei), ancient trail crossing the Tuscan-Emilian Apennines to historically connect the important centers of Bologna and Florence.
The birth of the road, that probably takes the name from the peaks it crosses over -such as Mount Adonis, Monzuno (Mount Jove) and Mount Venus- dates back to the Etruscan times, when they walked this path from Fiesole to Felsina (their name for Bologna) in order to develop their trade and extend their domain on the Po Valley.
Thereafter also the Romans felt the need to ensure a connection from Bononia (their name for Bologna) to Arezzo and Rome passing through the Apennines and they built, along the Etruscan trail, a real road: the Military Flaminia. Even in the Middle Ages people continued to walk or ride this ancient path, considered as the easiest way to cross the Apennines.
Ideal for hiking and mountain-biking lovers, this trail is today one of the main attractions of the Tuscan-Emilian Apennines because it offers the possibility to discover a land full of history, faraway from the classic tourist destinations, and because it offers a outdoors vacation great for everyone -adults, young people, families with children- as the path is not so difficult.
The itinerary can be divided into 4 or more stages by foot, or into two or more stages by bike. Tours can be organized based on number of days and hikers’ skills.
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