The “Flaminia Minor” is a trail that runs along the road of the same name built by Roman consul Gaius Flaminius in 187 B.C. and still being studied today.
The road was built to link the areas north of the Apennines with those to the south, starting from the Roman city of Claterna (today a hamlet called Maggio, in the municipality of Ozzano dell’Emilia) and ending in Arezzo.
Today, the trek is a fascinating journey through history and natural beauty, starting in the city of Bologna and following the Via Emilia, past the hamlets of Idice and Mercatale, before entering Tuscan territory.
From the ascent along the Mercatale-Settefonti road, you will notice the “Flaminia Minor” sign, which corresponds to C.A.I. path No. 801. After walking along a lengthy and exposed ravine-top ridge – with a breathtaking panorama, despite the lack of vegetation – you come to the Monte Armato route, whence you can continue to Palesio and Monte Calderaro.
Ancient sources appear to indicate that this path leads all the way to Tuscany.
High-top hiking boots and thermal anti-blister socks are recommended.
40/50 litre rucksack that should never exceed 7-8 kg (water included. At least 3 litres per day are recommended in summer. On some parts of the route there are neither drinking water fountains nor shops)
First aid kit
GPS system for orientation
Telephone and battery charger + power bank
Walkable all year round. Caution, during summer periods for high temperatures and winter periods for low temperatures and snow.