The Association of the Italian Municipalities of Via Francigena was founded in Fidenza in April 2001 in order to promote the ancient pilgrimage route. In 2006 it has become the European Association of Via Francigena ways. The initiative has been started by 34 Italian Municipalities and Provincial Administrations, belonging to 7 different regions. Nowadays more then 120 European local autorities, including also Rome, Canterbury (UK) are part of the Association.
- coordinates and collaborates with all of the local authorities and European non-profit associations of the Via Francigena, a “Cultural Route of the Council of Europe’ since 1994 and a “Major Cultural Route of the Council of Europe’ since 2004; the historical variants are also recognized on the tract from Rome to Puglia (on the way to Jerusalem).
-has been designated by the document of 9 February, 2007, by the Council of Europe “network carrier” (réseau porteur) of the Via Francigena, as a leader of the Cultural Route, according to the Directive n. 98/4 of the Resolution 2007/12 of the Ministry Committee of the Council of Europe; confirmed following an assessment on 11 March, 2012.
-functions as an institutional representative of the European Institute of Cultural Routes of Luxembourg for the Via Francigena.
-coordinates the Technical Committee of Coordination with the 18 European regions crossed by the Via Francigena (in England: Kent; in France: Nord-Pas-de-Calais, Picardie, Champagne-Ardenne, Franche-Comté, in Switzerland, Vaud, Valais; in Italy: Valle d'Aosta, Piedmont, Lombardy, Emilia, Liguria, Tuscany, Lazio, Campania, Molise, Basilicata, Apulia) to homogenize the Route along the entire European stretch and through sections of Lazio, Campania, Molise, Basilicata, and Puglia for the route of the “Vie Francigene of the South” in the direction of Istanbul and Jerusalem.
-has worked with the network of Universities of the Via Francigena (EUNeK) since 2012
-manages the communication tools related to the Via Francigena and own by the AEVF
- Website: www.viefrancigene.org
-Section of the website dedicated to private operators: www.visit.viefrancigene.org.
- Facebook, twitter and Instagram accounts
- An international magazine “Via Francigena and the European Cultural Routes’: www.rivistaviafrancigena.it
-A Festival “Via Francigena Collective Project” www.festival.viefrancigene.org.
- Official Merchandise of the AEVF
The European Association of the Vie Francigene (EAVF) has been equipped with a limited liability operative structure (Ltd): Francigena Service S.r.l, with the aim to flank the institutional activity with activities and services of an entrepreneurial nature in regard to the suppliers of the Via Francigena and those who operate within the territories crossed by or in the network of the Vie Francigene ways.