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Daily kilometers e theoverall positive difference in altitude of almost 5,500 m of the Via della Lana and della Seta must be tackled with the right training: before leaving walk or pedal for several consecutive days, starting from Saturday and Sunday, progressively increasing the length and height differences of the routes traveled and the weight of the backpack, so as to train feet and body for repeated effort. Train hard and you can travel calmly and with awareness.

- Fundamental is the purchase of the hiking map and / or tourist guide, an indispensable and infallible resource to be able to orient oneself and to grasp, both before and during the journey, all the information and riches that the Way offers, not only from the point of view environmental but also historical and cultural and, of course, hiking.

- Download the Official APP And ask us for the GPX tracks of the journey that we advise you to watch from a special device as they could quickly drain the battery of the mobile phone.

- The route is normally divided into six stages if you want to walk it (discover the walking stages of the Via della Lana and della Seta) or in three stages if you ride it on a mountain bike(discover the mountain bike stages of the Via della Lana and della Seta), but Each stage can be broken up with an intermediate stop to make the journey easier and slower, allowing you all the time you need to discover every corner of this territory.

- Once the stages have been established you can book the facilities to sleep at nightand start preparing your backpack with everything you need to prepare for departure.

- If you have any questions and are looking for more information, please contact us at info@viadellalanaedellaseta.com or at 051 658 3109 - 051 675 8409.

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How to make a backpack for the Wool and Silk Road? To optimize your backpack to the maximum, to carry the bare essentials with flights and to avoid loading unnecessary and superfluous weight, here is a list of what can NEVER be missing, without forgetting that the backpack va adapted to real needs related to the type of route and climatic and meteorological conditions.

 

- At least 2L of water (3 in the warm months / hot drink in the winter);
- Hiking map, credential, guide, sunglasses, pocket knife, flashlight, battery charger, powerbank, camera, smartphone, insect repellent, first aid kit;
- Rain cover or poncho;  
- Airtight bag for valuables and clothing to keep dry in case of rain and waste bag.

- For personal hygiene bring with you toothbrush, toothpaste, soap, deodorant, bandages and plasters, arnica gel, gel disinfectant, tick forceps, personal medicines . 

- bring some light and nutritious food such as nuts, bars, chocolate, candies, honey (for an energy snack). Pack up some lunch in advance or make sure you go to a town in case you need supplies. Many stops already planned in the stages include refreshment points with local specialties and water supply. In the evening you can then taste the many typical dishes that characterize our Tuscan-Emilian Apennines. Also in this case, as for the overnight stay, we recommend booking.

- are trekking poles necessary? if used at the right size and with the correct technique, the poles assist in the push uphill, help in stability on rough trails, and allow downhill to unload even on shoulders and arms the efforts that would otherwise concentrate largely on the ankles, knees and leg muscles. (from Walking Ultralight By Gianfranco Bracci and Francesco Saliola).

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The path can be covered all year round, but of course spring and autumn offer the best weather and landscape conditions. For many high stretches, periods of heavy winter snowfalls must be avoided and in the hottest summer period the water supply and travel times must be carefully calculated to move in the mildest hours (early morning) and stop in the hottest hours (from 12 to 15 at least). Particular attention is paid to the Calvana route, which in the summer months we do not recommend crossing at peak heat hours.


The presence of many waterways and wooded paths makes some paths inaccessible and very muddy in case of heavy rain. In this case, high and waterproof trekking shoes are essential, together with good quality socks that should never be underestimated! Take the breathable ones, in technical material and not in cotton that take time to dry and could cause blisters.
Precisely predicting the weather is increasingly difficult, which is why your clothing should not be missing:
- Windbreaker, waterproof jacket and gaiters if we are at risk of rain or mud;
- Neck protector, bandana, hat and sunscreen to protect yourself from the sun;
- Cap, thermal hat, gloves for low temperatures . 

Thanks to the work of CAI volunteers, the Via della Lana e della Seta is well signposted but you need to know what to look for and be able to recognize the classic red and white signs. If it is your first trek, we advise you to study well how they are organized to better understand where to look for them or to ask us for more clarification in thecontactsOther useful tools for correct orientation are also the compass and the altimeter.

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​ Now everything is ready to go, all that remains is to fasten your boots or bike helmet. Here are the latest tips, good practices that are valid every time you want to live an experience like this in nature.

- We do not damage plants, remember that we travel through protected environments and to be protected.
- We don't light fires.
- We keep dogs on a leash or with harness: in parks it is mandatory.
- We do not abandon waste. Let's take a bag with us to keep them in our backpack until the evening
- We prevent any risk of fire.
- We also take into account that some paths can be particularly challenging in case of unfavorable weather conditions.
- We always follow the official paths and when in doubt we go back to the last signpost indicated.
- In the Apennines, free camping is forbidden, let us rely on the structures that can accommodate you in exchange for services.

Here are the useful numbers to save in the address book for the entire route:

- Fire Brigade 115
- Medical assistance 118
- Emilia Romagna Alpine Rescue 118. In case of lack of signal coverage: 112
- State Forestry Corps 1515
- GEV - Voluntary Ecological Guards of Bologna 051 6347464

- Zoophile Guards of Prato 345 3376028

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ExtraBO

Piazza del Nettuno, 1 / ab - Bologna (BO) From Monday to Saturday from 8:30 to 18: 30 / Sunday from 10:00 to 17:00 Tel. 051 658 3109

WEB:  https://extrabo.com/

InfoSasso

Via Porrettana, 314 - Sasso Marconi (BO) From Tuesday to Friday from 09:30 to 14:00 and from 15:00 to 19:00 / Saturday from 09:30 to 14:00. Sunday for events. Monday closed. Tel. 0516758409

WEB:  https://www.infosasso.it/

Infopoint Castiglione dei Pepoli,

Piazza Guglielmo Marconi 1 Castiglione dei Pepoli, BO. Open Wednesday 9 - 12, Thursday 15 - 18, Saturday 9 - 12 and 15 - 18, Sunday 9 - 12. Tel: 379 113 5432 - mail: visitcastiglionedeipepoli@gmail.com -

WEB:https://www.facebook.com/visitcastiglionedeipepoli

Pro-Loco Montepiano Tourist Association

Via della Badia, 44, 59026 Montepiano PO, Tel: 0574 959031 - mail: info@prolocomontepiano.com -

WEB:  http://www.prolocomontepiano.com/

Prato Tourism

Town Hall Square. Open Monday to Saturday 9.30am - 7pm, Sunday and holidays 9.30am - 6.30pm. Tel 0574 183 7859 - mail: info@pratoturismo.it

WEB:  https://www.pratoturismo.it/it/

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