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Via degli Dei
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The Way of the Gods between Bologna and Florence

Distance
Difficulty
Stages
Duration
133.3 km
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6 stages
8 days
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759 €

Santa Maria dei Fiori in Florence, end of the Via dei Dei Diei
Yes, there is a Way of the Gods and, of course, it is in Italy, between two of its most incredible cities: medieval Bologna with its endless red arcades and Renaissance Florence. In between, an ancient military road that winds through nature and history, invoking the immortal Roman gods and offering us unique places and experiences.
Explore the great landscapes of Emilia-Romagna and Tuscany.
It goes along Roman cobblestones in the middle of the Apennine forests.
Be seduced by Italian gastronomy and culture
Santa Maria dei Fiori in Florence, end of the Via dei Dei Diei
Via degli Dei
VD01

The Way of the Gods between Bologna and Florence

Distance
Difficulty
Stages
Duration
133.3 km
●●●○○
6 stages
8 days
Explore the great landscapes of Emilia-Romagna and Tuscany.
It goes along Roman cobblestones in the middle of the Apennine forests.
Be seduced by Italian gastronomy and culture
from 759 €
Yes, there is a Way of the Gods and, of course, it is in Italy, between two of its most incredible cities: medieval Bologna with its endless red arcades and Renaissance Florence. In between, an ancient military road that winds through nature and history, invoking the immortal Roman gods and offering us unique places and experiences.

The recipe for great journeys

Natural, historical and ethnographic heritage, spectacular gastronomy, good company, slow pace and time for time. These are the ingredients with which we design trips in Viando. Are you staying at home? 

Is this trip for me?

Type of trip: Half distance
Journeys to savour slowly, with the best of each space and that indescribable sensation of overcoming your own limits.
Type of services: Standard
Carefully selected tourist class accommodation based on our experience on this route, combined with services specifically designed for your trip.
Travel style: On your own
Programmes designed so that you can travel the route on your own, at the pace set by your steps. Full autonomy and the peace of mind of knowing that we are with you if you need us.
Physical demands: Hiking
Routes of small or medium physical demand, of medium distance (20-30 km / day) and surfaces that facilitate walking, and that can be covered autonomously.

Services included

Accommodation
monitored

Reinforced breakfasts*.

Private transfers

Full documentation

24h travel assistance

Advanced travel insurance

VAT and taxes

* The reinforced breakfasts may vary depending on the accommodation. They usually include a buffet or are larger and more calorific than a normal breakfast, as they are designed for a higher energy expenditure during your route.

And also...

Luggage transport
Cancellation insurance

Free if you book through our website

Luggage transport
Cancellation insurance

Itinerary

Day 1. Arrival in Bologna, start of the Way of the Gods.

Welcome to Bologna / Bologna, one of the most charming cities in Italy. From its incredible towers to the Palazzo del Podestà, from its endless arcades to its streets full of local and student life, the capital of Emilia-Romagna preserves an enviable historic centre: no less than the second largest medieval quarter in Europe. The best thing to do is to arrive as early as possible to enjoy all it has to offer before heading to Florence along the Via dei Diei.

- Accommodation in Hotel Cavour or similar.

Day 2. Stage Bologna - Campiuno

Distance: 26.1 km
Difficulty: ●●○○○
Accommodation: Agriturismo Piccola Raieda or similar.

The adventure on the Via dei Diei begins by leaving the red city of Bologna along the most lakeside arcades in the world, leading from the arch of Meloncello to the sanctuary of the Beata Vergine di San Luca. The views at this point are fabulous: on one side the city, on the other the protected landscape of the hills of San Luca. On the descent you can also see the dam built on the Reno to divert part of its waters towards the town. Continue along its course for the remainder of the route as far as Sasso Marconi. From there, it is only a short distance to the top of Monte Frate and Campiuno, a small village where you can finish the stage and recharge your batteries.

Day 3. Stage Campiuno - Madonna dei Fornelli

Distance: 24.5 km
Difficulty: ●●●○○
Accommodation: Albergo Poli or similar.

The second stage of this route along the Way of the Gods begins leaving Campiuno. The path climbs up the slopes of the recognisable Monte Adone, offering beautiful views over the Setta Valley. It is here that the most famous and most photographed panoramic view of the entire Via degli Dei opens up. The Grota delle Fate, a narrow, 50-metre-long cave where, according to popular legend, the fairies that give the crevice its name fly when the moon is full. With your eyes full of beauty, it is time to descend towards Brento, the perfect place to take the first break of the stage and recharge your batteries before continuing towards Monzuno. From there, the route continues through a chestnut wood, gaining altitude and magnificent views of Monte Venere. The climb takes you up to Poggio Santa Croce, where more beautiful views of the small valleys that surround the entire territory await you. There is then a further climb up to Monte Galletto - nothing really difficult - before beginning the descent towards Madonna dei Fornelli, the end of this intense stage.

Day 4. Stage Madonna dei Fornelli - Passo della Futa

Distance: 23.3 km
Difficulty: ●●●○○
Accommodation: Podere Belvedere or similar.

If the previous stage was short, in order to adapt the route to the geography and the rest points, it is now time to return to the longer stages. Leaving Madonna dei Fornelli behind, you will soon come across woods that you will ride through, following the remains of the ancient Via Flaminia, a Roman military road built in 187 BC, which will emerge and hide itself along the entire route. The ascent will take you along the Monte dei Cucchi to the highest point of the whole route, the summit of the Banditacce (1,205 m asl), and a few metres further on to the Poggiaccio, a place that marks the equidistance between Bologna and Florence. Along this road, and always in intermittent contact with the Roman road, you leave Emilia-Romagna behind you to enter the famous Tuscany, and reach Passo della Futa and its immense Germanic cemetery, where this third stage of the Way of the Gods comes to an end.

- Transfer to St Lucia for accommodation

Day 5. Stage Passo della Futa - San Piero a Sieve

Distance: 22 km
Difficulty: ●●●○○
Accommodation: Albergo La Felicina or similar.

The fourth stage begins with the transfer from your accommodation to Passo della Futa, from where you take the path up to the Croce di Monte Gazzaro (1,125m above sea level). Here begins a descent that should be done calmly and carefully to the Osteria Bruciata pass. Here, in the Middle Ages, there was an inn that was rumoured (later legend) to have served its guests human flesh from travellers on this road. There is no evidence as to the veracity of the saying, but the story is still told, with more or less drama, in the refuges and inns along this road. Be that as it may, it will be a relief to be able to approach, with a quick detour, Sant'Agata del Mugello, one of those timeless villages of this Way of the Gods and, in general, of Tuscany, where it is worth stopping and, perhaps, wandering through its streets before continuing on your way. The remainder of the route is more pleasant, and in about 6 km. it ends at San Piero a Sieve, across the river of the same name.

Day 6. Stage San Piero a Sieve - Olmo

Distance: 19.5 km
Difficulty: ●●●○○
Accommodation: Agriturismo Olmo or similar.

This is the sixth day of our journey on foot along the Way of the Gods to enter the famous region of Tuscany for good. The route quickly leaves the town of San Piero behind and climbs towards the Medicean fortress of San Martino, an undertaking of Cosimo de' Medici himself, who sought to defend the possessions and interests of the Florentine state at the time of its greatest splendour. Unfortunately it cannot be visited, but this day will reward you with other sights, such as the Castello del Trebbio that appears a little further on, surrounded by its magnificent vineyards, or the remains of the abbey of Buonsollazzo. The road becomes wooded further on and leads to another religious structure, this time surrounded by grottoes: the Montesenario convent, which is well worth a visit. From there, the landscape becomes typically Tuscan and opens up with fantastic views into the distance, which you can admire until you reach Olmo, the end of this penultimate stage of your journey.

Day 7. Stage Olmo - Florence

Distance: 17.9 km
Difficulty: ●●○○○
Accommodation: Hotel delle Camelie or similar.

The last stage on foot of this route along the Way of the Gods in the heart of Italy. The route heads from Olmo to Alberaccio and then immediately uphill to Poggio Pratone, the perfect place to admire the view of Florence in the distance. From there, the route then descends to Fiesole and then, flat, into Florence, from the north to its very heart in Piazza Santa Maria.

Day 8. Florence and return home

The eighth day of this adventure along the paths of the Way of the Gods is to enjoy one of the most impressive cities in the world: the beautiful Florence. Our recommendation is to extend your trip for an extra day to explore its historic streets at your leisure. But if you don't have more time, the proximity of our accommodation to the cultural and tourist centre of the city will help you at least to take a short walk before heading home with your eyes full of beauty and the taste of Italian gastronomy engraved on your palate.

Gain free cancellation
when booking on the website

Frequently asked questions

What to expect from this tour?
The stages that make up this programme cross the Apennine Mountains, Italy's main mountain range, reaching a maximum altitude of 1200m asl. Therefore, you should expect several steep ascents and descents and few flat sections. However, in general this route is suitable for people of different physical conditions, as the scheduled distances, between 20 and 25 km per day, can be covered during the whole day. This route is for you if you are looking for a moderate challenge in terms of technical difficulty and want to enjoy two of Italy's most charming cities, Bologna and Florence, and some picturesque villages that normally escape other types of visitors.
The perfect time to walk these stages along the Way of the Gods is from spring to the first half of autumn. The months with the highest flow of walkers, in both directions, are July and August. As the route crosses the Apennines, it is not advisable to do the route in winter, when snow is frequent and the path becomes difficult to follow.
This route includes the transfers necessary to carry it out, as indicated in the "Itinerary" section. Transfers to and from airports such as Florence (FLR) or Bologna (BLQ) are not included and can be booked as an optional service.
The accommodation provided on this route is standard category and offers private rooms with en-suite bathrooms. They are not luxurious, but in good condition and with a good level of cleanliness, perfect for the use we will give them, since most of the day we will be touring the route or enjoying the towns at the end of the stage.

By default and compulsory, all our programmes include travel insurance with specific coverage for the Camino de Santiago. You can see the details in the section Insurance of our website. 

All our programmes include a 24-hour telephone support service, should you need help at any time during your experience. This means that you can also contact us outside office hours (when you are on pilgrimage). 

If you want to book this programme, you have the following options available a form where you can indicate the starting date, the type of accommodation and a series of optional services. The price will be updated according to the options you choose, so you have full control. Once you have configured your trip, click on "Book" to make the payment.

Once we receive your request, you will automatically receive a proof of purchase and within 48 working hours we will contact you to confirm the details of your booking and provide you with the documentation. 

In Viando we also work with tailor-made programmes (short stages, intermediate rest days, itineraries different from those proposed, etc.). If you are looking for a Camino that meets your needs/preferences, you can ask us for a quote. here.