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Via della Lana e della Seta” (Wool and Silk Road) is a hiking trail that connects Bologna with Prato, two cities that share an important manufacturing history.

The itinerary is immersed in the beauty of the Tuscan-Emilian Apennines and passes through villages and valleys that tell the history and culture of the territory, joining two cities that have grown over the centuries thanks to their optimal management of water.
On one side is Bologna, the city of the sluice and canals, which has been the silk capital for centuries. On the other side is Prato, the city of the Cavalciotto, a primary wool and silk district.

Not to be missed along the way are the Chiusa di Casalecchio sluice, the Parco storico di Monte Sole historical park, the Parco dei Laghi di Suviana e del Brasimone lakes park, the Cavalciotto di Santa Lucia weir and the Massiccio della Calvana.

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map Stages

  • 1

    Bologna – Sasso Marconi

    • Lenght : 20 km
    • Difference in level: +230m / -200m
    • Time: 6 h
  • 2

    Sasso Marconi - Grizzana Morandi

    • Lenght : 27 km
    • Difference in level: +1400m / -950m
    • Time: 8/9 h
  • 3

    Grizzana Morandi - Castiglione dei Pepoli

    • Lenght : 22 km
    • Difference in level: +1100m / 1250m
    • Time: 7 h
  • 4

    Castiglione dei Pepoli - Vernio

    • Lenght : 20 km
    • Difference in level: +800m / -1250m
    • Time: 7 h
  • 5

    Vernio - Vaiano

    • Lenght : 21 km
    • Difference in level: +1000m / -1100m
    • Time: 7 h
  • 6

    Vaiano - Prato

    • Lenght : 22 km
    • Difference in level: +900m / -1000m
    • Time: 7/8 h

bar_chart Technical Info

  • Km: 130 km
  • Stages: 6
  • Municipalities: 12
  • Regions: 2

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)

Hiking map

First aid kit

GPS system for orientation

Telephone and battery charger + power bank

Trail practicable all year round. Recommended autumn or spring period.

Download the GPX track or buy the paper map at eXtraBO

Credential to collect stamps from stage to stage available at the eXtraBO point or online

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