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Via del Fantini” (the Fantini way) is a hiking trail that starts in the hills of San Lazzaro di Savena and arrives in San Benedetto del Querceto through Val di Zena.
A 50-kilometre route through natural parks and ancient villages.

A route that takes in caves, museums and archaeological sites all in discovery of Luigi Fantini, a man of a thousand interests who dedicated himself to the territory of Bologna and the Zena valley in particular.

The itinerary will take you through the Parco Regionale dei Gessi Bolognesi e dei Calanchi dell’Abbadessa and the Zena valley where Fantini’s birthplace is located, the Farneto Cave, and the abandoned village of Gorgognano, destroyed during World War II.
The trail continues and enters another protected area, the Riserva Naturale del Contrafforte Pliocenico (Pliocene Spur Nature Reserve), before reaching Monte delle Formiche.
On the last section, you will find the Monte Bibele Archaeological Natural Reserve. After a visit to the Etruscan-Celtic village of Pianella di Monte Savino, you enter the Idice valley, where the trail ends.

map Stages

  • 1

    San Lazzaro – Casa Fantini

    • Lenght : 10 km
    • Difference in level: +450 / -400
    • Time: 4 h
  • 2

    Grotta del Farneto – Gorgognano

    • Lenght : 13 km
    • Difference in level: + 700 / – 450
    • Time: 5 h
  • 3

    Gorgognano – Monte delle Formiche

    • Lenght : 8,5 km
    • Difference in level: + 550 / – 300
    • Time: 4 h
  • 4

    Monte delle Formiche – San Benedetto del Querceto

    • Lenght : 10,5 km
    • Difference in level: + 500 / – 800
    • Time: 4,30 h

bar_chart Technical Info

  • Km: 50 km
  • Stages: 4
  • Regions: 1

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

Walkable all year round. Recommended autumn and spring periods

Download the GPX track

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