Via del Reno

 € 340

#SlowTrips - #viadelreno - #riverRhine     24/28  April

This itinerary is a trek that runs through the Rhine valley, from the surroundings of Pistoia, where the river is born, to Bologna. A journey to rediscover the sites of major historical and cultural interest in the Tuscan-Emilian Apennines. First of all, the Rocchetta Mattei, a real gem to visit, famous castle for its architectural variety and for the mystery linked to the figure of Cesare Mattei, doctor and scientist who in the second half of the nineteenth century managed to cure various diseases with the Electrohomeopathy.

For history lovers, the places that marked the country of Marzabotto during the Second World War will be visited: from the memorial dedicated to the fallen, to the entrenched camps of Caprara, to reach Monte Sole, where in 1944 the SS made a massacre of civilians.
Also in Marzabotto, we will stop at the ancient Etruscan civilization of Misa, and, in the six days of walking, we will discover less known places like the Ice Museum of Pracchia and the evocative Labante waterfalls.

On the other hand ... water can not be missing along the Via del Reno!

From Pistoia

to Bologna

5 days,

4 nights

Hotels, B&B's


Medium difficulty 

Extra: single room surcharge,last minute bookings

Trip Schedule :

April 24th -15 km : Pistoia- Prunetta - Pracchia - Porretta

Meeting at the Bologna station at 7.30 (or at the Pistoia station at 9.15 am) and departure by private coach to Prunetta, starting point . From the source of the Reno to Pracchia, between ridges and woods with a visit to the Ice Museum and the Sabatini Ironworks.

Return from Pracchia by train or bus to Porretta Terme. 

April 25th  - km 16: Porretta Terme - Riola - Porretta

From Porretta to  the ridge along the ancient trail of the Capitani di Montagna and  back down to Riola di Vergato

(6 hours walk).

Afternoon dedicated to the visit of the Rocchetta Mattei and the church of Alavar Aalto. Return by train to Porretta and possibility of a relaxing bath at the spa. 

April 26th - km 20: Riola - Labante - Vergato

From Porretta you return by train to Riola and set off on the opposite side until Labante to continue along the Aneva valley to Vergato.


Aprile 27th - km 15: Vergato - Monte Sole

From Vergato you go up to Monte Salvaro, passing in the surroundings of Grizzana, in the places dear to the well-known painter Giorgio Morandi, and you reach the area of ​​the Marzabotto Massacre Memorial. Then you go up to the entrenched fields of Monte Caprara and the summit of Monte Sole.

April 28th - km 16: Monte Sole - Marzabotto - Sasso Marconi

Descent to Marzabotto and visit to the excavations of Misa. Transfer by train to Casalecchio di Reno and visit to  the Canal lock .

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Price :

340,00 € per person  in camera double or  triple room 

La quota comprende:

- Overnight stay with breakfast in hotels, cottages or B & B;

- GAE Guide accompanying for the entire journey;

- Transfer by private bus from Pistoia to Porretta

- Visits to sites of historical and cultural interest

- Tourist tax where required;
- Liability insurance.

Not included in the price 

- Single room surcharge;

- Lunches and dinners, additional and extra food and beverages;

- Transfers with public transport;

- Possible access to the Porretta spa;

- Anything not indicated in the item "the price includes".


Reservations must be made within 30 days of departure and full payment once confirmation is received that the trek will be made. A deposit of 50 euros is required at the time of booking.

The trek will be made to reach at least 10 participants.

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 Appennino Slow  Via del Poggio, 30 - 40050 Loiano (Bologna - Italy) - P. IVA  01935621209  

Tel. 379 1528959 - 339 8283383