The Via degli Dei (the Path of Gods) is a hiking path that connects the cities of Bologna and Florenceacross theTuscan-Emilian Apennines.
The path has ancient origins: the Etruscans were the first to develop their trade along a route connecting Felsina and Fiesole; then the Romans built a real transapennine road known as Flaminia Militare (Flaminia military trail). The route was also used in the Middle Ages, though the Roman road was abandoned in favour of a simple path. Between the 1980s and 1990s, these ancient trails were rediscovered and some of the paving blocks of the Roman road were brought to light. The Via degli Dei is named after some of the places it passes by: Mount Adone, Monzuno (Mons Iovis, Mount of Jupiter), Mount Venere, Mount Luario (Lua was the Roman goddess of atonement).
The route, now a CAI path, starts in Bologna, passes through San Luca, extends towards Casalecchio di Reno and proceeds along the river until it reaches Sasso Marconi. From there, you can go towards Monzuno and Madonna dei Fornelli to take the ancient Flaminia Militare. Once in Passo della Futa , you are already in Tuscany and can continue towards San Piero a Sieve and Fiesole to finally reach Florence.