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Via della Lana e della Seta

An itinerary that retraces the history of textile production in two regions: Emilia-Romagna and Tuscany.

The Via della Lana and Seta route is a recently inaugurated route that connects Bologna and Prato.

Cities united by their production history in the textile industry: the first capital of silk processing and the second of wool.

A trekking itinerary to discover the beauties of the Apennine territory, rich in traditions and food and wine excellences, and the great cultural heritage of Bologna and Prato. Discovering the waterways and the fascinating constructions of hydraulic architecture.

Bologna is in fact the city of Chiusa (UNESCO heritage, see also the Monuments and places of interest page ) and canals while Prato is the city of Cavalciotto, gore and fullers.

Cavalciotto is a fishery located in Santa Lucia dating back to the 11th century, a fundamental component of the complex Prato water system consisting of 53 kilometers of gore that cross the whole territory and then throw themselves into the Ombrone river; its main function was to divert the natural course of the Bisenzio to create the so-called Gorone, the first and largest gora of Prato.

The Chiusa, on the other hand, is located in Casalecchio di Reno and is the oldest hydraulic system in Europe still in operation and used continuously and uninterrupted; it is 160.45 m long, on average 35.45 m wide, with a slip of 34.55 m and an altitude difference of 8.25.

For more information you can consult the official website:

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