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Acquapendente to Montefiascone Marathon

On the road along the Via Francigena from Acquapendente to Montefiascone with the Australian pilgrim Carol Neville. A journey discovering the "camino" during the "Francigena Marathon" event.

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30 years of Cultural Routes: Building dialogue development through European values and heritage

Strasbourg, 25.09.2017 – A Europe rich in history, heritage and values: the Council of Europe Cultural Routes’ Programme celebrates its 30th anniversary, on the occasion of the 7th Advisory Forum in Palazzo Ducale and Real Collegio in Lucca (Italy) on 27-29 September, with a special ceremony to highlight the relevance of Cultural Routes for the promotion of cultural diversity, intercultural dialogue and sustainable tourism.

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The final results of the Eurovelo 5-Via Romea Francigena project at Bike Brussels 2017 Fair

The final results of the Eurovelo 5 Via Romea Francigena project will be presented on the occasion of the Bike Brussels 2017 Fair, on 15th September

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Hostel on the Francigena, a competition for the management

  Published today, the 7th September, on the site of the municipality of Capannori the competition to choose the next manager of the Francigena hostel, the structure realised by the Menesini administration found in Via del Popolo, in the centre of Capannori.  

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‘Compagnons de la Via Francigena’ 20 Year Celebration at Grand St-Bernard Hospice

On 2nd September the friends of the ‘Compagnons de la Via Francigena’ met at Grand St-Bernard Pass for a big celebration! It was 20 years ago that work began on the alpine segment connecting Martigny and Aosta.

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Conquering the Pass. 20 years of the Francigena on the Great St Bernard

This day on the Great St Bernard Pass, Saturday the 2nd September, was no ordinary day.  The “Compagnons” of the Via Francigena, after 20 years since the opening of the Pass to pilgrims, celebrated the anniversary with a particular event: the gathering of a Swiss and Italian delegation that, with walking boots and rucksack at the ready, climbed both sides of the mountain to meet at the peak.

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SienaFrancigena: walking along the Pilgrim’s path

Our autumnal appointment with #SienaFrancigena returns once more: travelling along the urban tract of the 'Via dei Pellegrini'.  The appointment to discover the places and stories of the city is planned for Sunday 3rd September and will proceed until the 15th October

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The preliminary analysis for UNESCO candidacy is a go

The technical group is working towards the preliminary analysis to identify the suitable and shared criteria for the insertion of the historical, cultural and environmental heritage along the Italian tract of the Via Francigena in the UNESCO Candidacy list.

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Competition launched by the region of Lazio to support art along walking routes

The region of Lazio has launched a new competition of 1,7 million for the support of valorisation systems for cultural heritage of spiritual walks, in the sphere of the "Arte sui cammini" project.

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The Via Francigena from the Monti Dauni to Brindisi

In July the European Association of the Vie Francigene, in collaboration with local operators and experts, realised a very important task, to verify and monitor the route of the Via Francigena in the south in Puglia, on the tract from Monti Dauni to Brindisi

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The colours of France. The palette of the Via Francigena

The narration of Luca Faravelli on his walking experience along the Via Francigena in France, in the Franche-Comté region.  A personal experience as well as one of work, at the service of the European Association of the Vie Francigene to support the development of the European route. 

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The Via Francigena in France: developments in Bourgogne Franche-Comté

The European Association of the Vie Francigene working on the French front for the development of the Via Francigena.  After fruitful work in Switzerland, important projects are now being implemented in France, in the region of Bourgogne Franche-Comté.

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“Adesso pedala” by bike on the Francigena to help Norcia

Four bikes and one objective for the “Adesso pedala” fundraising project.

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Signage, maintenance and security along the Lombard tract

The European Association of the Vie Francigene is working hard in the second phase of work finalised to improve the accessibility of the Lombard tract from Palestro to Pavia. The project is being realised in collaboration with the region of Lombardy to enhance and raise awareness of the walk.  

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On the way with the EAVF from Canterbury to Champlitte

Martine Gautheron, recently nominated as Vice-president of the European Association of the Vie Francigene, will walk 600 km along the Via Francigena from Canterbury to Rome, the town in which she lives.

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Walking along the coast of Salento, from Otranto to Leuca

A walk surrounded by the beauty and colours of the Salento coast from Otranto to Leuca, in the South of Italy.  The Puglian land of ancient tracts, a bridge of intercultural dialogue on the Mediterranean.  

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Cultural routes at the centre of European politics for territorial development

In June the report of the theme of "Towards an EU strategy for international cultural relations" (2016/2240(INI)) was presented to the European Parliament of Strasburg.  The cultural routes of the Council of Europe are suggested as a model for the development of territories.

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The Via Francigena at the opening conference of the “Green Pilgrimage” project, in Canterbury

On 16th May the opening conference of the  Interreg Europe Programme-funded Green Pilgrimage project was held in Canterbury, UK. For the next five years this project  will be supporting European regional policies in capitalizing the positive impact as well as further exploiting the the inexplored potential od pilgrimage cultural routes in Europe for the cultural and natural heritage safeguard and promotion. Indeed, according to United Nations’s data every year 330 millions of people go to pilgrimage toward religious destinations in the world.

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The Via Francigena Interregional committee convenes on the cycle itinerary and on route accessibility

The European Committee for technical interregional coordination of the Via Francigena (ECTIC) convened in Rome on 11 May on the biking route and on accessible infrastructure and services for all. Both of them are very relevant themes within nowadays tourist market and which are also in line with the Council of Europe values for an inclusive and sustainable cultural route.

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Variante Cimina of the Via Francigena: Competition for water distributor and information totem

The competition for architecture and engineering students for under 35's is a go, for the design of an information totem and a water distributor.

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