Via Francigena


Also Montana is on the move: after 70 years in business it becomes a historical brand

Our partner Montana offers a Italian product that is a forerunner by definition, which reflects and incorporates , today more than ever, trends in pilgrims’ consumption: practical, simple, convenient, protein-packed, lean, local and committed to the environment.

A walk along the Via Francigena is a journey to discover history. It is lost in the mists of time, winding its way through different countries, passing through evocative natural landscapes, ancient villages, and leading travelers to discover the authenticity of a territory – savouring its customs, traditions and flavours. Eating a local meal helps to immerse oneself in the culture of the territory, but along the way it can sometimes be neither easy nor comfortable, so it is also necessary to make practical and quick choices.

70 years of Montana

On the eve of its 70th anniversary, the Montana brand has been included in the register of historic brands of national interest, set up by the Italian Ministry of Economic Development to protect industrial properties and enhance the excellence of Made in Italy in the world. The recognition is awarded to brands that are historically linked to the national territory, have been registered for at least 50 years and have demonstrated continuous activity over time, making them iconic and strongly recognizable for consumers. It is a further certification of the brand’s longevity and ability to innovate over time, always remaining faithful to the values of tradition and Italian character.

Like the Via Francigena, which has characterized the soul of the territories along its long route over the centuries, Montana has accompanied the transformations of Italian society. It is able each time to grasp – and sometimes anticipate – the changes and habits of people at the table and outdoors.

Montana’s restyling reflects the green style of the Via Francigena

The Via Francigena turns its attention to the promotion of sustainability, sensitising pilgrims to environmentally friendly behaviour along the route, also in their diet. Montana embraces this vision even in the restyling of its packaging. It has a new graphic design that emphasises distinctive aspects of the brand such as the Italian production (100% meat from Italian farms), the short and supervised supply chain, and a jelly made from its natural meat stock. Montana is now the only product on the market with an environmental product declaration (EPD) on the label.

Montana’s #CamminareMetteAppetito (i.e. Walking Gives you Appetite) project was set up to collect the best Italian outdoor routes and provide experiences, information and advice from and for pilgrims: click here to find out more.


‘Vie Romee. L’Europa in cammino’

A meeting dedicated to the three Vie Romee was held in Rome on 23 March. The President of the European Association of the Via Francigena ways, Massimo Tedeschi, the President of the Capitoline Assembly, Svetlana Celli, the Vice-President of EAVF, Silvio Marino, and the representatives of the itineraries involved, namely Mirko Pacioni, Board Member of the Italian Association Via Romea Germanica and Aleksandra Grbic, Project Coordinator of the European Association Romea Strata, attended the event.

It was an important moment to reflect together on the challenges of the three routes that have united Europe since the Ancient Roman Empire and created a crossroads of ideas and cultural exchange.

‘Via Francigena (from Canterbury), Via Romea Germanica (from Stade), Romea Strata (from Tallin) are on the road together,’ said the President of our Association. ‘Already on 11 September 2021, on the occasion of the arrival in Rome of the march ‘Via Francigena. Road to Rome 2021. Start again!” celebrating the 20th anniversary of the EAVF, the three Major Vie Romee signed an agreement to promote collaboration and create synergy at the service of pilgrims and travelers who, on foot or by bicycle, or by other means, arrive in Rome. Thus, at the heart of this agreement is Rome, final destination of the pilgrimage, where ramblers from all over the world arrive to visit and pay homage to the tombs of Saints Peter and Paul’.

The three Vie Romee are already collaborating in the framework of the three-year European Horizon 2020 project rurAllure. The project promotes cultural cooperation and accessible tourism along historic European routes, such as the Via Romee, the Via de Compostela and the Via de Sant’Olav in Norway. Moreover, an entire pilot project is dedicated to the three Vie Romees, focusing on thermal heritage pilgrims may encounter on their way to Rome.


I Love Francigena 2023: 16 hikes organized with Coop

New year, new events on the Via Francigena together with Coop: our partnership is renewed and the 2023 calendar is enriched with 16 organized hikes, free of charge and suitable for everyone, including two excursions by bike.

Coop is one of Italy’s largest retail chains. By involving its 6 million members, it wishes to promote a healthy and sustainable lifestyle, organising with the EAVF the well-known ‘I Love Francigena‘ events in the Italian regions of Piedmont, Lombardy, Emilia-Romagna, Liguria, Tuscany, Lazio and Apulia across April, May, June, September and October.

The excursions are organised by the European Association of Via Francigena way with the operational support of Francigena Service S.r.l., aiming to explore and promote cultural, historical and natural heritage as well as the products of local gastronomy along the route. The trails we will follow are suitable for everyone and groups will always be accompanied by an expert hiking guide.

Want to participate? Check out the dates below, sign up and join us for the stages you prefer!


Saturday 15 April – Liguria, from Castelnuovo Magra to Sarzana: sign up here.

Sunday 16 April – Tuscany, from Torrenieri to Bagno Vignoni: sign up here.

Saturday 22 April – Emilia-Romagna, from Fidenza to Salsomaggiore Terme: sign up here.

Sunday 23 April – Emilia-Romagna, from Costamezzana to Medesano: sign up here.

Saturday 13 May – Puglia, from Polignano a Mare to Monopoli: sign up here.

Sunday 14 May – Puglia, from Montalbano (Fasano) to Ostuni: sign up here.

Saturday 17 June – Tuscany, cycling loop from/to Lucca: sign up here.

Sunday 18 June – Piedmont, from Palazzo Canavese to Viverone: sign up here.

Saturday 24 June – Emilia-Romagna, from Cassio to Berceto: sign up here.

Sunday 25 June – Emilia-Romagna, from Berceto to the Cisa Pass: sign up here.

Saturday 23 September – Latium, cycling loop from/to Rome (Appia Antica): sign up here.

Saturday 23 September – Emilia-Romagna, from Collecchio to Gaiano: sign up here.

Sunday 24 September – Tuscany, from San Gimignano to Gambassi Terme: sign up here.

Saturday 30 September – Tuscany, from Strove to Monteriggioni: sign up here.

Sunday 1 October – Lombardy, from Villanova d’Ardenghi to Pavia: sign up here.

Sunday 1 October – Lazio, from Nemi to Castel Gandolfo: sign up here.

Click here for the complete list of events organised by Coop


Tourism: the Italian Minister Santanchè meets the Via Francigena

On 25 March 2023, a meeting was held in Milan on ‘Slow tourism, towards the Jubilee 2025: the role of the Via Francigena ways and the routes connecting Rome‘ as part of the ‘Fa’ la cosa giusta!‘ fair, at which EAVF‘s President Massimo Tedeschi and Director Luca Bruschi spoke with the Italian Minister of Tourism Daniela Santanchè.

It was a nice discussion to talk about the development of the Via Francigena as the backbone for the future of the walking system in Italy. It was a meeting organised by Terre di Mezzo Editore and the EAVF on the occasion of the great annual fair dedicated to walking itineraries.

Miriam Giovanzana, director of Terre di Mezzo Editore, led the talk dialoguing with her guests. She also introduced a reflection on the development of the Via Francigena and walking routes in view of the Jubilee in 2025.

This very event will be a great opportunity for the entire network of slow routes and for the city of Rome to welcome travelers from all over the world. In fact, 25 million pilgrims are expected in Rome, but the hope is that at least 100,000 will get there on foot or by bicycle, choosing the slow way of travelling following the ancient bundle of roads of the Vie Romee.

Santanchè’s speech focused on the government’s intention to pursue the slow travel project with determination. It is in fact a motor for tourism and economic development in Italy. A catalogue with the first 35 Italian religious routes has been published on the Ministry of Tourism website: a slow and sustainable form of tourism that becomes even more topical in view of the Jubilee. Santanchè recalled that ‘the Via Francigena can become our Way to Santiago de Compostela, attracting an increasingly international audience. The ENIT offices in the world can become an important promotional tool and a flywheel to make the Way known‘.

The dialogue between the speakers also focused on highly topical issues related to the walking network. Route maintenance, signposting and reception, as well as monitoring the flow of walkers, are increasingly central.

Today, the Via Francigena is preparing for 2025 with significant restyling and safety work on the entire Italian section. This is happening thanks to a 13 million euro investment made available by the Ministry of Culture with the Culture strand of the 2014-2020 Cohesion and Development Plan funds. This is the largest route regeneration initiative to date.

This fund also includes two million euros for communication and digital development of the route, as well as one million euros to advance the candidacy dossier of the Via Francigena as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.


General Assembly in Calais on 26 May 2023

The European Association of the Via Francigena ways (EAVF) will meet up in Calais (Hauts-de-France region, France) on 26 May for its General Assembly.

The city of Calais, source of inspiration for many artists, is a symbolic place of the Via Francigena, where pilgrims arrive after crossing the Channel Strait, embarking from the city of Dover (Kent, England).

The General Assembly, in Calais as in each of its semestral editions, brings together the 224 members and 80 EAVF friend associations operating in the four countries of the Via Francigena: England, France, Switzerland and Italy.

The plenary meeting, at the splendid Town Hall of Calais, will be on Friday 26 May from 14.00 to 18.00 and will bring up the discussion of very significant points for the EAVF and for the future of the Via Francigena: the final balance sheet and the provisional budget, the UNESCO candidacy, the strategic plan 2023-2025, the international planning, the best practices among territories for the promotion of the route.

A rich programme of cultural events will accompany the Assembly: on 25 May a walk in collaboration with the Association Arras Compostelle Francigena; on the morning of the 26th, a city tour of Calais; on the morning of the 27th, a hike in Côte d’Opale.

More details on the Assembly’s agenda, registration procedures and the cultural animation programme will follow. Stay tuned!


9.81 HI-RIDE, Garmont’s new shoe for walking and cycling on the Via Francigena

Embarking on a long journey along the Via Francigena is not an impossible quest but is certainly demanding. It requires physical preparation and appropriate equipment. Above all, it is important to choose the right footwear, as the feet become our main means of transport! The trail is suitable for both walking and cycling and on our website, in the ‘itinerary’ section, GPX tracks are available for both modes of travel. This is why our technical partner now offers the new 9.81 HI-RIDE hybrid shoe!

Walking the Via Francigena is becoming more and more hybrid: now even more with the new 9.81 HI-RIDE shoe

The European Association of the Via Francigena ways (EAVF) analysed the flow of pilgrims over the years. 2022 showed a significant increase in the number of those who decided to walk the route. Pilgrims mainly travel on foot, but, in addition to people opting for cycling alone, there is an abundance of ramblers deciding to undertake a mix of these two modes of travel.

The Via Francigena’s technical partner Garmont has hit the nail on the head: by analysing these new trends, it developed an innovative product, suitable for those who love to cycle but who do not give up walking when they get a chance, alternating according to the stretches of the itinerary and varying inclination of the path. Hence, in 2023 Garmont launched the 9.81 HI-RIDE, a hybrid footwear that is rigid and structured for pedalling, but at the same time comfortable and flexible for leaving the bike and continuing the stages step by step. The innovativeness of this product, which is the first of its kind and which responds to a new mobility request, was recognised by the jury of the Design & Innovation Award for the 2023 edition, which awarded the 9.81 HI-RIDE after numerous tests in real conditions.

Click here to find out all about the new 9.81 HI-RIDE model

Garmont comes with us to the Fa’ La Cosa Giusta! 2023 fair in Milan

The Via Francigena will be in Milan for the trade fair on critical consumption and sustainable lifestyles “Fa’ La Cosa Giusta” 2023 from 24 to 26 March, taking visitors at the discovery of the wonders of the path along its entire route and meeting experts in the walking and slow tourism sectors. Many surprises await you, including activities, games and quizzes. The partners of the Via Francigena, such as Garmont, have prepared special giveaways for the participants of the fair. See you there!


#FMV2023 in the Susa Valley: the 5th edition will be on 25 June

Just as every year, ASD IRIDE of Rivoli is working on the organisation of #FMV2023, the Marathon along the Piedmontese section of the Via Francigena. The marathon will start from Avigliana and arrive in Susa, passing through the most characteristic points of the Susa Valley, passing by the Sacra di San Michele through the suggestive Sentiero dei Principi.

The non-competitive recreational-motor walk, now in its 5th edition, will take place on Sunday 25 June 2023 with departure from Avigliana, the medieval city of the 2 lakes, the passage at the Sacra di San Michele and arrival in the centre of the city of Susa, both villages included as Orange Flags by the Italian Touring Club.

Registrations are open until 5 June 2023 or when 3000 registrations are reached.

We remind you that in previous editions we reached 3000 registrations only 3 weeks after the launch, so it is advisable to register as soon as possible. The registration fee has remained unchanged since 2022: € 20.00 + optional shuttle at € 5.00.

New route to the Sacra di San Michele

Once again, there are two different routes, with or without the passage through the Sacra di San Michele. In the first case, you can choose 3 different finish points:

  • up to the Sacra di San Michele 12 km (Sacra San Michele Marathon);
  • up to Villarfocchiardo 23 km (Half Marathon);
  • full marathon up to Susa for 45 km.

As in previous years, you can choose the Easy route without passing through the Sacra di San Michele.

New: the route for this edition includes passing by the Sacra di San Michele, reaching it through the ‘Sentiero dei Principi’. This is a historical route of high scenic and naturalistic value, which starts near the Charterhouse 1515 to the Sacra di San Michele. Compared to the last edition in 2022, this will lead to an increase in kilometre length (approx. 1 km more) and altitude difference (+150 D+).
This year you must have even greater commitment and physical preparation to tackle the Marathon, but all efforts are repaid by the spectacular views of the Susa Valley and in particular of the Sacra di San Michele that participants will have as they walk along the “Sentiero dei Principi”.

The rest of the route is on paths, dirt and asphalt roads and will partially follow the official route of the Via Francigena Burdigalense between Avigliana and Susa. The variants inserted by the organisation aim to guarantee the greatest possible safety for the participants by avoiding as much as possible the crossing and/or running along roads with high traffic density.

All the details

The #FMV2023 is open to all. You are required to strictly cover it on foot, without running, to better enjoy the beauty that the route has to offer.

The Civil Defence and the various Associations will guard the entire route. Local Police, Police Forces and Pro Loco association will control the passing through towns and villages. Volunteers will be along the route to support participants and to manage the various refreshment points.


On the same website you can find all the information, regulations and details concerning the collection of individual awards, transport, refreshments, assistance, hotel bookings, etc.

For further information:

ASD IRIDE di Rivoli –

Leo Zappalà: +39 3398822333

Social media:

ASD IRIDE Rivoli: Facebook e Instagram

Facebook group and community #FMV2023: viafrancigenamarathonvaldisusa


The Via Francigena meets the CoE’s cultural routes at the French Ministry of Culture

From 21 to 23 February, meetings between representatives of the Council of Europe‘s cultural routes took place at the French Ministry of Culture in Paris.

On Tuesday and Wednesday 21 and 22 February, almost 20 representatives of cultural routes from all over Europe joined the meetings to prepare the next Cultural Routes Academy. The academy will be held from 30 May to 2 June in Périgueux (Nouvelle-Aquitaine). Participants discussed three topics: visibility, cooperation and sustainability.

On Thursday 23 February, the French Ministry of Culture invited the Via Francigena and all the Council of Europe’s cultural routes through France. There are 48 Council of Europe cultural routes and 31 of them cross France. Remarkably, more than thirty participants from 24 routes participated in the meeting. The Ministry of Culture confirmed its willingness to support the promotion of cultural routes in France. Moreover, several actions have already been implemented, including the production of a publication on the itineraries: more than 10,000 copies will be printed and distributed to all national, regional, departmental and local tourist institutions. The Ministry is also producing an e-heritage module dedicated to the cultural itineraries, aimed at university students.

The Via Francigena then presented the actions and projects undertaken in 2022 and informed the other itineraries of the activities taking place along the route. Jacques Chevin, head of the Via Francigena France/Switzerland and Sami Tawfik, project manager of the Via Francigena, represented the European Assocation of the Via Francigena ways.

The Ministry presented the ICCE’s interactive map project in France, which allows us to identify the crossroads where different routes intersect.
Hence, these three days prepared us to strengthen the links between the routes and to be inspired by the good experiences of others!


Explore the route year round thanks to FlixBus, partner of the Via Francigena

The well-established collaboration between the European Association of the Via Francigena ways and FlixBus was created to offer pilgrims of the Via Francigena the possibility of travelling in a simple and green manner, facilitating their trip before and after the walk or cycle. Thanks to our partner, you can ask for a 10% discount on all journeys operated by FlixBus, and thus reach the beginning of the trail at the most strategic point for you to undertake the pilgrimage on foot or by bicycle.

How to take advantage of this discount? You only need to be in possession of the official credential of the Via Francigena, the ‘pilgrim’s passport’, an essential document with which you may access all facilities along the route.

The discount is also valid during the winter season: together with partner FlixBus, we promote a ‘4-season slow tourism‘ that has no limitations due to timing and so-called tourist seasons.

Click here to discover all the advantages (and our tips) for exploring the Via Francigena even in winter.

An increasingly sustainable journey for new travelers

The results from year 2022, collected by EAVF through the purchased credentials during the year, highlight some important growth trends for the Via Francigena. It is very interesting to note that the average age of pilgrims setting out on the route is getting younger and younger, with a sharp increase in ramblers aged between 25 and 34 (22%). There is also an increasing number of people coming from all over the world, reaching the Via Francigena from 40 different nationalities.

See all 2022 data

FlixBus, in cooperation with EAVF, therefore plays a key role in the creation of a comprehensive service that satisfies travelers and tourists from all continents. The company has a special focus on those travelling on foot or by bicycle, and is increasingly highlighting slow, responsible and sustainable tourism. Offering an integrated solution for moving along the trail in all seasons, the popular green buses support tourism in all the territories crossed by the itinerary, making them easily accessible. This is a great solution to reach the first stage of your route or to return home at the end of your trip, even when carrying your bike!

Find out more about the partnership by clicking here


Discover the Via Francigena with AllTrails

The European Association of the Via Francigena ways engaged in a partnership with AllTrails, the application launched in 2010 entirely dedicated to outdoor enthusiasts.

Thanks to the App, hikers and cyclists of all kinds can safely consult the Via Francigena route on Android or iOS: all trails are verified by experts and reviewed by the global community!

Click here to download AllTrails on Android or iOS

AllTrails and Via Francigena united by their passion for outdoor activity and sustainability

In AllTrails there are more than 300,000 trails located in over 100 countries, accompanied by hand-curated maps in which every detail is fine-tuned to provide you with all the information you need to undertake your route. Maps are generated via GPS thanks to user input and then verified by the company’s team. From the ‘Explore’ section, you can take a look at places and trails in the area where you live, as well as destinations to visit. All this is accompanied by photos, information on altitude difference and road surface, weather, and many comments from users who have travelled on the same route. In addition, selected options make it possible to take your choices and understand whether the routes are suitable in terms of time, length, presence of natural or cultural points of interest such as lakes or waterfalls, as well as their accessibility, as this short video shows.

AllTrails and AEVF share the desire to make the Via Francigena an inclusive and truly sustainable route: the App, besides being an inclusive tool, has an environmentalist vocation. As stated on the homepage, AllTrails is a member of One Percent for the Planet with which it donates 1% of its annual revenue to benefit organisations working for sustainability.

AllTrails personalises and shares your trip along the Via Francigena!

Within the AllTrails App, you can record and download the Via Francigena route even in offline mode, entering details on modes and timing, publishing photos, and mapping routes and their variants. In addition, you can insert customised alerts which are useful, for example, for birdwatchers or cyclists.

A community of over 45 million users interacts in real time through the App, exchanging tips and updates on the route, weather conditions and, why not, arranging to walk parts of the route together!

The path tracks are available directly in the AllTrails application. Alternatively, in the ‘Route’ section of our website, you can download GPX tracks which can then be imported into the AllTrails platform for viewing.

Click here to download AllTrails on Android or iOS