Start your day early by picking up the SITA bus n.301B to Passo della Futa (Monghidoro is the direction) from Florence bus station next to Santa Maria Novella Train station. Get off right after Passo della Futa close to Camping della Futa and start your walking adventure!
Take the road to Bruscoli to enter officially the Via degli Dei and admire the original Roman trail of the Flaminia Militaris, a stone path used by Roman soldiers dating back to 187 b.C.. Stop by the impressive German Military Cemetery that commemorates the death of more than 30.500 German soldiers, who died in Italy during the terrible World War II — most of them in their 20s. It’s located in the middle of the German defense line known as the Gothic and it has an impressive architecture made of pietra serena, typical grey sandstone from Firenzuola.
Now follow the signs to Monte Gazzarro: from the top of this mountain, about 1125 meters, you admire the stunning beauty of the Apennines on one side and the Mugello valley on the other. The next stop is Passo dell’Osteria Bruciata where you find the ruins of an old building. A creepy legend has it that the owners of this little restaurant, located in the middle of the way to Florence, was run by people with bad reputation that used to robbed, kill and then cook the people staying overnight. One day a friar coming from Bologna discovered that he was eating human meat, called the guards of Scarperia and reported the killers; the owners and all their relatives were hanged and the osteria burnt, that is the reason the place is today called Osteria Bruciata, literally burnt little restaurant.
Take the path to Sant’Agata del Mugello, that is the last stop of this first day. If you happened to be there in July early August you may stop to visit the archeological area of Montaccianico that was the most important castle owned by the powerful Ubaldini family in the Mugello area in the Middle Ages, completely destroyed by the Florentine Republic in 1306.