Monte Senario Trail
April 17, 2021
32 km - 1.500 m D+
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From Fiesole to Felsina, the Etruscans walked this path in order to develop their trade and extend their domain on the Po Valley for at least four centuries (VII-IV cent. BC).
It was then that the Romans, having founded the colony of Bononia in 189 BC, felt the need to ensure a connection to Arezzo and Rome passing through the Apennines and they built, along the Etruscan trail, a real road called “Flaminia Militare”.
The Monte Senario Trail retraces the last 32 kilometers of these ancient tracks, and will lead us to the Sacred Monastery of Monte Senario, built in 1234 AD. from seven Florentine nobles, founders of the order of the Servants of Mary, and therefore called the Seven founding saints; it was enlarged in the fifteenth century, and again in 1594 AD by the Grand Duke Ferdinando I, to be later partly modified in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries.
From San Piero a Sieve to Fiesole climbing the Sacred Monastery
The last part of the Via degli Dei, in addition to retracing the ancient paths of Etruscans and Romans, leads us to the top of Mount Senario, home of the homonymous Sacred Monastery, founded around 1245 AD.
The subsequent ascents to Monte Il Pratone and Monte Ceceri complete the route, which will end at the Teatro Romano di Fiesole, place of arrival.