Via Francigena

A study on accessibility along the Via Francigena: the “Via Francigena for All” project with AllTrails

Walking along the Via Francigena is an experience that encompasses history, culture, and amazing landscapes. The European Association of the Via Francigena ways is taking significant steps to make this experience accessible to everyone, including those with motor, visual, and auditory disabilities.

In collaboration with AllTrails, an app specializing in mapping and tracking trails, the Association has conducted an in-depth mapping project along two segments of the Via Francigena in Piedmont: the Valsusino stretch from Villar Focchiardo to Avigliana, and the Canavese stretch from Ivrea to Viverone.

This project has been an integral part of the broader “Via Francigena for All” initiative, led by the Piedmont Region through the Regional Directorate for Coordination of European Policies and Funds – Tourism and Sport. Project partners include the Local Tourist Promotion and Welcome Agency Turismo Torino e Provincia, the Ecclesiastical Region of Piedmont with the Regional Consultation for Ecclesiastical Assets of Piedmont and Valle d’Aosta, and the support of Visit Piemonte, a partner of EAVF.

The primary goal of the project was to assess the feasibility of inclusive use of the Via Francigena. The collaboration with AllTrails allowed for precise trail mapping, identification of challenges, and provision of useful information to hikers, regardless of their physical abilities.

The accurate mapping, carried out in close synergy with the B-Free Association, has identified solutions to make parts of the trail accessible that were previously considered challenging for people with disabilities. This targeted effort aims to open the doors of the journey to a wider audience, offering everyone the opportunity to experience the emotion of the Via Francigena.

The “Via Francigena for All” project not only aims to make tangible improvements to the accessibility of the trail but has also raised awareness within the community and among walkers about the importance of inclusivity in tourism.

The commitment of the European Association of the Via Francigena ways and the partnership with AllTrails represent a significant step towards a walking experience that embraces diversity and celebrates accessibility for all. The app is available with a 30% discount for Francigena pilgrims and allows access to over 200 guides for less than 2 euros per month. 👉 Click here to take advantage of the offer.

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