Backpack La Via Degli Dei: The Path of the Gods

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Added by Hannah Heimer

Backpack along the beautiful Tuscan landscape. Stop in ancient Italian villages for a pick-me-up with a classic Italian espresso and walk on the original "Strada Romana," the ancient Roman road built in 187 AC to connect Bologna and Florence.

Make the usual 30 minute train ride from Bologna to Florence last five beautiful days by traversing and camping in the Apennine Mountain Range.

The Path of the Gods begins in the main piazza of the ancient Italian city of Bologna (61 m/200 ft above sea level), ascends to 1200 m/3,940 ft, then brings you down to the beautiful Tuscan city of Florence (70 m/230 ft). This hike meanders through the lush forests of the Apennine Mountain Range, follows ancient Roman trails, and passes by old Italian villages. Be prepared for some steep elevation changes.

If you have a tent, you can camp just about anywhere on the trail, but if you prefer to stay in B&B's there are plenty of options in the villages along the way. These towns also have pharmacies, coffee shops, and supermarkets, so if you happen to forget something essential, no need to distress!

From Emilia-Romagna to Tuscany, the landscapes of Italy never disappoint. Grab your backpack, your tent, and some friends, and walk among the gods on this ancient Italian pilgrimage.

Pack List

  • Good hiking boots
  • 10 essentials
  • Tent
  • Sleeping bag
  • Sleeping pad
  • Long pants
  • Rain jacket/poncho (spring)
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Backpacking, Camping, Hiking

Skill Level:



Spring, Summer

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75.8 Miles

Elev. Gain:

196.9 Feet


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Added by Hannah Heimer

I am an organized vagabond, seeking adventure and truth, taking every opportunity in the great outdoors to learn more about what exists without and within. I am currently stationed in San Diego, Ca, studying Cognitive Science at the University of California, San Diego.

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