Via Mater Dei is the path that connects some among the several Marian Shrines located across the Apennines of Bologna, offering a significant glimpse of the landscapes and culture of the Tuscany region. Following naturalistic paths of great beauty and interest, it crosses areas of great historical and archaeological importance, as well as lively and fascinating mountain villages, where it is possible to deeply breathe the culture and atmosphere of these places. The route, from Bologna and its hills, winds through the Val di Zena (Pianoro) towards the Monte delle Formiche. It then heads towards the archaeological-naturalistic area of Monte Bibele (Monterenzio), passing along the important points of interest of the municipalities of Loiano and Monghidoro, to the natural lake of Castel dell'Alpi. Crossing the municipality of San Benedetto Val di Sambro, it moves to Tuscany, visiting the characteristic village of Bruscoli, an extremely representative area for culture and history of this region. The shrines of Boccadirio, Ripoli and Montovolo, together with the suggestive Monte Catarelto, frame the second part of the walk, among the beautiful landscapes of the municipalities of Castiglione dei Pepoli, Camugnano, Grizzana Morandi and Vergato. Spirituality and wonder are mixed on this journey, a showcase of the marvels of the Tuscan- Emilian Apennines. Junctions: the Via Mater Dei runs along a stretch of the Via del Fantini in Val di Zena, crosses the Via degli Dei in Madonna dei Fornelli and the Via della Lana e della Seta in Castiglione dei Pepoli and near Montovolo.