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Here you'll find some information that can help you organize your trip,

for all other questions please contact us here!

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1:25.000 hiking map and guide:

The hiking map of the Via della Lana e della Seta in scale 1:25.000 is complete with a small guide with all the useful information (distances, elevation changes, hospitality) and it's the first tool to plan your journey and  know your surroundings while on the path. 
"Walking from Bologna to Prato" is divided into 6 stages and and was created favoring the clarity of perception of the trail and the elements useful for the journey, in addition to historical, architectural and panoramic landmarks.
The map and the guide are written in both  Italian and English, and costs 12,90€


Where to buy the map:
Online:

Retailers:

  • eXtraBo - Piazza del Nettuno, 1/ab, Bologna - +39 346 1159222

  • InfoSasso - Via Porrettana 314, Sasso Marconi (BO) - +39 051 6758409

  • PratoTurismo - Piazza del Comune – Prato - +39 0574 24112


Check the following LINK to see the complete list of retailers.

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credential:

The credential can be found in the infopoints mentioned above and can also be inserted in the order of the guide or the map on appenninoslow.it.

It can be considered a sort of travel "passport" where you can collect the personalized stamps of the businesses adhering to the network for the development of the Path. It is free and entitles you to a small gadget to be collected at the end of your journey.

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Title: Via della Lana e della Seta A piedi da Bologna a Prato

Author : Vito Paticchia

Publisher: Fusta

Date of Pubblication: 2018

ISBN-13: 9788885802049

Retail price: 16,90€

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further reading, the guide:

A walking trip of extraordinary interest. A total immersion in the most beautiful nature of the Tuscan-Emilian Apennines, among incredibly panoramic woods, valleys and ridges, along paths and ancient droveways that cross fascinating rural settlements. A different experience, which guarantees the opportunity to closely observe the appearance of the mountain landscape.
The presence of parks, protected areas and nature reserves along the Path between Bologna and Prato - 130 km divided into six stages - is accompanied by the widespread presence of medieval villages, feudal and noble palaces, and ancient infrastructures. The trekking described in this guide manages to combine in an exemplary way the environmental component, the meeting with the locals and the cultural and historical aspects of the area..
The path connecting Bologna to Prato crosses areas that, since the Bronze Age, were connected to each other by pedestrian and transhumance arteries. Routes that were later implemented by the Etruscans, Celts, Ligurians, Romans, Lombards and Byzantines.
Even the Middle Ages, however, left important signs: just think of the clashes between local lords and the Municipalities of Bologna and Florence fighting for the control of resources, for the use of pastures and water, for the cutting of woods, duties and customs tolls.

Finally, during the twentieth century, with the Gothic Line, the Apennines were a frontier land, of war, of pain: the German occupation left wounds that were difficult to heal, and the Resistance represented ransom and dignity paid for at a high price from partisans and civilians.

The itinerary described in this guide shows that the Apennines are still capable of telling stories and legends; to amaze with the religious architecture of its abbeys and sanctuaries; to impress with the ancient hydraulic works of Bologna and Prato; with the medieval villages and tower-houses of the 
comacini masters; to enchant with the landscapes and capture the visitor's interest with gastronomy.

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credential:

The credential can be found in the infopoints mentioned above and can also be inserted in the order of the guide or the map on appenninoslow.it.

It can be considered a sort of travel "passport" where you can collect the personalized stamps of the businesses adhering to the network for the development of the Path. It is free and entitles you to a small gadget to be collected at the end of your journey.

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useful numbers:

Fire Brigade 115

Medical Assistance 118

Alpine Rescue Emilia Romagna 800 848088

Forest Rangers 1515

GEV - Voluntary Ecological Guards of Bologna 051 6347464

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