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Leg 44 from Campagnano to La Storta: temporary change to the route

➡️ At the bottom of the text you can find the temporary route map and the link to download the GPX track ⬅️

Due to the temporary closure of the crossing of the section of the Via Francigena that from house number 1081 of the Via Cassia goes inside the Insugherata Park, in order to allow reclamation operations subsequent to the finding of dead wild boars due to “swine fever”, all pilgrims are strongly advised to follow the directions below.

Start from Campagnano and follow the traditional trail to the Sorbo Sanctuary. After the Sanctuary you continue into the Sorbo valley. When you meet the installation of a large chair on the left, you take a path to the right – marked as 207C – which then becomes 207G. You stay on the path skirting the forest, and then reach a wooden footbridge. Turn left here and walk for about 400 meters before meeting a path that returns in the bushes. You walk for about 1.5 km and two river fords will be necessary, that are not too easy.

At this point you leave the path traveling on a short stretch of a dirt road, near the locality Le Rughe. You cross Viale Europa and turn left onto Viale Africa.
You cross the entire parking lot of the Commercial Zone and come to a dangerous intersection. Be careful to follow the BLUE road signs for Rome. Alternatively, at the intersection the 36 line bus passes in the direction of Rome every half hour. All the way to La Storta.

For those who wish to continue on foot there are about 7.5 km of Via Cassia before finding Via Trionfale on the left, bringing to the center of Rome.
Alternatively, you can take the train at the train station in La Storta and get off at Monte Mario’s train station. At this point follow the bicycle path from Santa Maria della Pietà to Monte Ciocci. The new route is not yet official but has already been tested, especially during the Road to Rome 2021 initiative. The section is safe and leads pleasantly to a large square with a view of the “Cupolone”. From Monte Ciocci, you may follow a downhill road on the right, compared to the overlooking view; then, taking Via Candia, you will reach the area bordering the Vatican walls and finally St. Peter’s Square.

ALTERNATIVE
Continuing on the traditional route of the Via Francigena in 2 hours you reach the village of Formello and from there you can continue by bus (TPL) to the station of la Storta.

Travel time: 9 minutes
For schedules consult cotralspa.it

➡️ To view the online map of the temporary route click here

➡️ Download the GPX track

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Banca Generali Private for the EAVF: an interview with Alessandro Mauri

Banca Generali Private works with the EAVF to promote awareness about the environment and territorial development, through slow and sustainable tourism. Together we organise events and hikes in the ‘Mauri Area’ of Banca Generali Private: Southern Lombardia, Emilia-Romagna and Tuscany. Dr. Alessandro Mauri, Area Manager in these territories, which are also interested by the Via Francigena, told us all about it in this interview.  

When, but above all why was the cooperation between Banca Generali Private and the EAVF established?

A.M.: The cooperation between my managing area of Banca Generali Private (Southern Lombardy, Emilia-Romagna and Tuscany) and the EAVF was established in 2017 because it is important to us to walk alongside the many pilgrims of the Via Francigena, a cultural route that allows you to discover little known areas of our wonderful country and to promote awareness-raising actions on environmental sustainability, a theme which is very dear to our bank. Banca Generali also offers a set of investments that are consistent with the sustainable development goals of the UN Agenda 2030, which allows customers to build their portfolio by prioritizing some of the seventeen sustainable development goals.

What are the initiatives planned for 2022 to support the Via?

A.M: In 2022 we are going to support the Via Francigena through a series of initiatives organized by the EAVF. Concretely, we are going to support the walks of the “I Love Francigena” events, which was very successful in the past editions. These free walk events bring together tourists, pilgrims, enthusiasts, local associations and operators in order to jointly promote the areas crossed by the event.

What are the long-term goals of this cooperation?

A.M: We believe it is essential to raise people’s awareness of the environment and of the territory, which is something that the Via Francigena has been doing for ages. Our bank can provide economic and cultural support, helping to develop greater attention to these themes as heritage for future generations. I too have two children and I do hope I can do something concrete to leave them a better world.

What are the challenges of slow tourism and how do they intertwine with economy?

A.M: The real challenge is to convince people to practice tourism in a more sustainable and conscious way, for example by walking or cycling along the Via Francigena. This will help local communities to have immediate benefits – including economic ones – since not only tourists contribute to local economy but also, they produce an induced effect because pilgrims can – once they have ended their journey – come back again to those places as tourists.

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You’re invited! Join our brand-new Via Francigena community on Facebook

The Via Francigena creates strong connections, and what’s become clear to us after our Road to Rome adventure last summer is that many people who came to walk with us continue to feel this strong need to connect. A need to continue their journey, even if only online. They want to keep the spirit of the cammino alive, they want to continue to share their stories, their memories, their experience with those who walked alongside them or with those who just started to plan their own journey.

And this is when we realized: we need an official Via Francigena community! A place for people to come together virtually, to share all things Via Francigena, to create new connections and plan new trips.

We are therefore very happy to invite you to join the official Via FrancigenaRoad to Rome Facebook Group! Besides being a place to connect with fellow Via Francigena enthousiasts, our Facebook group will also offer exclusive content that you won’t be able to find anywhere else on our channels:

  • Exclusive webinars with slow travel experts such as travel influencers, guidebook writers, and photographers
  • A weekly “Good Morning, Francigena!” live broadcast with RTR social media manager Myra Stals, who will take you on a virtual journey along the Via Francigena, touching many different historical, architectural, culinary, and natural aspects of the itinerary
  • Early bird subscriptions to our “I Love Francigena” events (free!)
  • … and much much more!

Our Facebook Group will be an international one, where everyone who shares our love for the Via is welcome to write and communicate in their own language. It will also be a group based on mutual respect: by following the simple group guidelines and by treating others in the same way you would like to be treated, we are convinced that our community will be a great place to hang out.

So… what are you waiting for? Join our Via Francigena – Road to Rome community now by clicking on this link: https://www.facebook.com/groups/655350489151864