1ST LEG: 18,4 km | 555 D+ | 4,5 h
Santuario di Santa Maria della Vita / Shrine of Santa Maria della Vita – Piazza Maggiore – Via Saragozza – Portici di San Luca – Santuario della Beata Vergine di San Luca / Shrine of Beata Vergine di San Luca – Parco Cavaioni – Parco di Monte Paderno – Parco del Paleotto – Ponte delle Oche – Parrocchia di Rastignano / Rastignano Parish Church
DO NOT MISS
Via Cavaioni (Bologna)
The park is one of the largest in the Bologna hills, entered by a long avenue of cypresses leading to Villa Selvetta. Two old ash trees demarcate the entrance. The charming flora are a spectacle of colour in spring and its woods and meadows are a favourite summer destination for young people from Bologna who come to sunbathe and picnic here. A lovely path through the woods then leads to a small lake.
Rastignano Parish Church (end of 1st leg)
Rastignano (Pianoro) – via Andrea Costa, 65
Rastignano is the first stop on the Via Mater Dei Cammino. The beautiful
Santi Pietro e Girolamo church has very ancient origins and is home to a precious altarpiece by Tiarini depicting Saint Peter and Saint John. Outside, lovely gardens lead to a reproduction of the Grotto of Lourdes. There is a great oratory that welcomes the young people of Rastignano. The parish complex includes a guesthouse for organized groups of pilgrims.