The Via Degli Dei, or ‘Path of the Gods’, is an ancient road used since the Roman times to connect Florence with Bologna. The name of this path is thought to derive from some of the mountains it passes by, which are named after the Roman goddesses of love, marriage and the moon; Monte Venere, Monzuno and Monte Luario. It’s a route also known as the Flaminian Way, and is made up of 130km of dirt roads and asphalt paths that are suitable for both hikers and cyclists.
The Path of the Gods is one of the most popular hiking trails in Tuscany, winding through the Apennine Mountains and offering a medium difficulty route to walkers that requires a good level of fitness for several steep ascents. Only around half of the route actually travels through the region of Tuscany, so you can just pick up part of the trail if you want to stay in the area, or walk the whole path from Florence to Bologna which takes between 4 and 6 days.
As well as an incredible range of mountain scenery and beautiful views of the Tuscan countryside, the entire route is peppered with hospitality options that include restaurants, snack bars, hotels and traditional Italian agriturismo accommodation. It’s one of the best places to hike in Italy if you want to enjoy trekking through the real landscape but don’t want to stray too far from civilization.