Ideal for lovers of trekking and mountain biking, the Way of the Gods is today the main excursionist attraction in the Apennines of Tuscany and Emilia–Romagna.
It offers the possibility of discovering territories rich in history and far from the most beaten tourist routes and represents an opportunity to spend an itinerant holiday in the open air, suitable for adults, young people and families with children. An itinerary that can be organized according to the days available and the ability of the hikers.
This itinerary has been rebuilt since the 1990s and marked by the CAI (Italian Alpine Club).
It crosses numerous points of interest in terms of nature and landscape at a height of around 1,000 meters above sea level and at some points the path still runs along the ancient paving of the Via Flaminia military road, still existent after 2,000 years.
The Way of the Gods is named after some of the mountains crossed, such as Monte Adone (Mount of Adonis), Monzuno (Mons Iovis, Mount of Jupiter), Monte Venere (Mount Venus) and Monte Lunario (Lua was the Roman goddess of expiation).
The Way of the Gods joins the cities of Bologna and Florence across the Apennines, covering a distance of about 125 km. The view of Florence from the top, just a stone’s throw from your destination, would alone be worth the whole trip.
On your way you will find not “only” nature but also the history, art and food and wine culture of two different regions such as Emilia Romagna and Tuscany.
For twenty years the B&B La Pieve has been welcoming travelers with open arms and the whole family is available to help you organize your trek.
Here are some links with useful and reliable information on the route and all the beauty you will encounter along the way:
Infosasso – La via degli Dei
La via degli Dei
Movimentolento – La Via degli Dei
Mugello in bike
The route is generally divided into 6 stages, starting in Bologna and ending in Florence.
Here is a possible division into stages:
1) BOLOGNA (Piazza Maggiore) – BADOLO
2) BADOLO – MADONNA DEI FORNELLI
3) MADONNA DEI FORNELLI – PASSO DELLA FUTA/MONTE DI FO
4) MONTE DI FO – SAN PIERO A SIEVE
5) SAN PIERO A SIEVE – VETTA LE CROCI/OLMO
6) VETTA LE CROCI – FIRENZE (Piazza della Signoria)
However, there is no reason why you should not organize your trip differently, depending on: available time, meteo, stagione, personal fitness.
Obviously you can also choose to start from Florence in the direction of Bologna.
If you would like to organize the trip in 5 STAGES, on the last stage you could start from San Piero a Sieve and arrive in Florence. To make it easier for you, we offer a luggage transport service that will be delivered directly to you on your arrival at Florence main train station or at the accommodation where you will be staying.
La Pieve B&B welcomes walkers all year round and the Way of the Gods can be walked, with the necessary precautions and differences, in any season.
Ideally, you should start walking in spring or at the end of summer/beginning of autumn, to fully enjoy all the hours of light and to run less risk of finding rain, mud, snow or high temperatures.
Here you can find information on how to prepare your rucksack:
You may find these GPX tracks useful:
NB: In any case, we recommend that you also bring a map and a paper guide.