Via della Lana e della Seta

Two cities bonded by their productive history and connected by a trekking route that enables you to immerse yourself in the natural beauty of the Tuscan-Emilian Apennine filled with excellencies and tradition, and discover the territory's history and culture.

The route passes through towns, peaks and valleys and links two historic centres that have grown over the centuries thanks to their wise management of water: Bologna, the city of the Lock and canals and centuries’ old silk capital, and Prato, the city of the Cavalciotto, millstreams and fulling mills, capital of the wool and textile district.

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Via della Lana e della Seta:
fun facts

historic cities
days of exploration


The Guidemap, a 48-page booklet edited by Vito Paticchia and produced by Fusta Editore, is made up of a map and a small guide. It is an agile versatile tool put together to help hikers discover these territories.

The map includes the Via della Lana e della Seta itinerary: a 130 km path between Bologna and Prato made up of 6 sections that can be modified according to your needs. Each section includes an intermediate stop in a facility or shelter for one night.

In addition, it reports also deviations as well as a few connections with railway stations near the itinerary. What is more, the guide highlights the main points of natural, cultural or historical interest along the way or that can be reach through alternative routes.


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