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.

From the 31st July to 14th August, taking advantage of the EAVF headquarters in the city of Champlitte (EAVF operative headquarters in France) in the Haute-Saône department, Martine Gautheron, vice-president of the Association, and Luca Faravelli, EAVF staff member, with the collaboration of the municipality itself and the Office de Tourisme Des 4 Rivieres, promoted a series of cultural activities and developed the route of the area.  

Thanks to the tight synergy with the EAVF, the knowledge of the state of progress of the Via Francigena has broadened: from the route to the signage, from the accommodation to the natural and cultural merits.  

It was also a fruitful occasion regarding the exchange of know-how and good practice in terms of walking and strengthening work carried out by the EAVF, appointed by the European Council for the safeguard of the entire route, and now works on the French front as well.  

'Fieldwork' also took place with tasks focused on the checking, documentation and georeferencing of the route, starting from Langres, of the Grand Est Region, to the historic city of Besançon, a total of 140km of walking.  

The two weeks of work were concluded with a meeting with the president Massimo Tedeschi, the director Luca Bruschi, the vice-president Martine Gautheron and the historian Christian Schule (President of the Chablais Association and UdP member of the EAVF), together with the mayor of Champlitte Gilles Teuscher and the various representatives of the Office de Tourisme Des 4 Rivieres.

Luca Faravelli