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I love Francigena Thermal hike in Viterbo

The EAVF continues offering thematic hikes in the series of “I love Francigena” events along the most beautiful stretches of the route.

This time the circular hike will be conducted on 15 October 2022 and will run around the city of Viterbo in the quest for its natural thermal baths with ever hot mineral water. The group will be accompanied by a guide and will have a chance to enjoy the healing properties of mineral waters by taking a bath in the pools upon arrival.

The event is offered the municipality of Viterbo, Region of Lazio and the rurAllure Horizon 2022 project in the framework of the EAVF General Assembly.

The city of Viterbo is known for its thermal springs and archaeological sites from Etruscan and Roman times and is on the final 70km distance from Rome, the Via Francigena terminus.

The previous hikes of “I love Francigena Thermal” took place in May  2022 in Bagno Vignoni and Gambassi Terme in Tuscany.

For more information and registration, visit the dedicated page “I love Francigena Thermal by rurAllure”.

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EAVF’s General Assembly will be in Viterbo on 14 October 2022

The City of Viterbo will host the General Assembly in its autumn session of the EAVF’s members on Friday 14 October 2022.

The General Assembly is made possible thanks to the contributions of:

Other contributions were received from: Rotary Club di Viterbo, Graphic Art 6, Banca Lazio Nord , ANCE Viterbo.

Click here for the complete programme of the days 13-15 October

👉🏻 REGISTER HERE*

* participants who are not members of the EAVF may only attend the Assembly as auditors, as voting rights are reserved for members

The General Assembly and the events in Viterbo are open to the public upon registration.

The EAVF’s international network returns to meet in physical presence after the well-attended General Assembly in Canterbury (Kent County, UK) in April 2022. The main item on the agenda will be the discussion on the status of the candidature of the Via Francigena as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Attention will then turn to the main projects underway in England, France, Switzerland and Italy. Finally, a special focus will be on the best practices concerning the route, reception and signposting.

The meeting in Viterbo includes, in addition to the statutory assembly attended by the 214 member municipalities and 70 friend associations, a series of discussions, cultural events, guided tours, convivial moments and a ‘I Love Francigena‘ walk from 13 to 15 October.

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The Via Francigena celebrates the World Tourism Day 2022 together with UNWTO

The European Association of Via Francigena Ways (EAVF) is organising a series of hikes in France and Italy to celebrate the World Tourism Day 2022, held on 27 September under the slogan #RethinkingTourism. The “I Love Francigena” walking events were selected by World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) as a perfect example of sustainable tourism showcasing this celebration. 

The World Tourism Day was established by the General Assembly of the United Nations in 1979. This year celebration stresses the importance of tourism for a greener, smarter and safer future. A special attention is paid to the post-pandemic recovery of tourism and its transformation into the tool of inclusive and accessible mobility, community empowerment and innovative change. 

The Via Francigena was already selected by the UNWTO as a “best practice” for sustainable development in the tourism sector in 2021, when the cultural route conducted a relay march along the 3200 km of the historic itinerary from Canterbury (UK), via France, Switzerland and Italy to Rome to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the foundation of the European Association of Via Francigena Ways (EAVF). The richness and uniqueness of the areas crossed by the route, its history, landscapes, cultural and natural heritage, gastronomy traditions and local communities represent a strong basis for the development of both outdoor and cultural tourism offers. 

Join our hikes in France and Italy to celebrate the World Tourism Day 2022: 

Hike 1: from 21 to 23 September 2022 between Vitry-le-François and Brienne-le-Château (Grand-Est, France) 

Hike 2: from 30 September to 2 October 2022 between Bruay-la-Buissière and Blessy (Hauts-de-France, France) 

Hike 3: from 7 to 9 October 2022 between Mamirolle a Saône and Besançon (Bourgogne-Franche-Comté, France) 

Hike 4: 15 October 2022 in Viterbo (Lazio, Italy) 

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The 10% discount on FlixBus tickets for pilgrims continues

The collaboration between the European Association of Via Francigena Ways and FlixBus does not stop with the end of the summer, but will go forth in the coming weeks to continue offering an integrated, convenient and green travel solution for pilgrims who decide to undertake the route during the low season. In fact, FlixBus reserved particular care for the attenders of the Via Francigena, dedicating a special discount to them (it is sufficient to have an official credential).

By extending the collaboration over time, EAVF and FlixBus continue to pursue the objective of making the most of the territories which are covered by the agreement, revealing all their treasures and allowing people to discover them in a new and unprecedented way, thus encouraging the affirmation of increasingly sustainable modes of tourism according to the deseasonalisation and devolution of flows.

The agreement is active from July 2022

Discover the details of the collaboration and of the 10% discount by FlixBus

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I Love Francigena: 7 hikes in October with free participation organised by Coop

Coop has always supported healthy and sustainable lifestyles, and in this post-Covid19 relaunch year it chooses to be a truly active promoter of outdoor physical activity and slow tourism. With these objectives in mind, Coop organised a series of walks free of charge, suitable to all and open to the public at the beginning of summer, and offers 7 more hikes during October 2022!

In particular, Coop approached Francigena Service S.r.l. as its organising partner and as technical-logistical creator of the events along the Via Francigena route. Starting on 1 October 2022, we will be holding a total of seven walks with free participation along the Italian Via Francigena, with the format of the well-known ‘I Love Francigena‘ events. The next tours will cover the regions Piedmont, Lombardy, Liguria and Emilia-Romagna and will require registration (free of charge) at least 5 days before the hike.

Do you want to participate? Discover the stages, register and join us for the stage you prefer!

◆ HERE IS THE CALENDAR OF OCTOBER’S HIKES ◆

Saturday 1 October – Lombardy, from Villanova d’Ardenghi to Pavia: sign up here or visit Coop’s website.

Saturday 1st October – Piedmont, from Palazzo Canavese to Viverone: sign up here or visit Coop’s website.

Sunday 2 October – Piedmont / Lombardy, from Vercelli to Palestro: sign up here or visit Coop’s website.

Sunday 2 October – Liguria, from Castelnuovo Magra to Sarzana: sign up here or visit Coop’s website.

Saturday 22 October – Emilia-Romagna, from Cassio to Berceto: sign up here.

Saturday 22 October – Piedmont, from Borgofranco d’Ivrea to Ivrea: sign up here.

Sunday 23 October – Emilia-Romagna, from Roveleto di Cadeo to Fiorenzuola d’Arda: sign up here.

Click here for the full list of events organised by Coop

The hikes are organised with the aim of exploring and promoting the cultural, historical and natural heritage as well as the products of local gastronomy along the route of the Via. The itineraries we cover are suitable for everyone and groups will always be accompanied by an experienced environmental and hiking guide.

We also walked with Coop Outdoor in June and July 2022!

Here are some of our latest itineraries:

Piedmont: from Palazzo Canavese to Viverone

Emilia-Romagna: from Cassio to Berceto

Liguria: from Ponzano Superiore to Sarzana

Tuscany: from Gambassi Terme to S. Gimignano and from Strove to Monteriggioni

Lazio: from Sutri to Capranica

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The Via Francigena participated in the biannual meeting of rurAllure, an EU Horizon 2020 project

The European Association of Via Francigena ways took part in the 4th General Meeting of the European project rurAllure, dedicated to the enhancement of cultural heritage along the main cultural routes of Europe, together with the Way of St. James, the Via Romea Strata, the Romea Germanica, the Way of Mary and the Way of St. Olav.

It is a three-year project involving public and private partners and institutions from seven countries, financed by the European Commission and entirely focused on the potential of pilgrimages.

The project meeting was held on 5 and 6 September 2022 in Bratislava and Budapest, where the EAVF rurAllure team – consisting of Elena Dubinina, Simona Spinola and Nicole Franciolini – presented the status of the activities carried out since January 2021. The staff’s contribution is linked in particular to the promotion of rural heritage along the Council of Europe’s cultural routes – with a focus on mapping and dissemination activities for the main points of interest of the Via Francigena related to the thermal heritage of the three Ways to Rome addressed by the pilot project “Thermal heritage and others on the Ways to Rome“.

Completing the team’s activities are the development of a Via Francigena atlas and the organisation of events with free participation, aimed at spreading the message of an increasingly inclusive route. Among the best practices highlighted by the rurAllure Consortium are the weekend walks in Tuscany with free participation “I Love Francigena Termale“, organised in collaboration with the municipalities of Castiglione d’Orcia, Gambassi Terme, San Gimignano and San Quirico d’Orcia, but also with the precious support of Proloco Gambassi Terme and The Gambassi Experience. A moment of knowledge-sharing on the road, open to pilgrims and tourists discovering the Parco dei Mulini, the water square of Bagno Vignoni and the hypothermal springs of I Bollori and Putizza on the banks of Rio Casciani, in the surroundings of Gambassi Terme.

During the rurAllure meeting, the team of the Autonomous University of Madrid presented the workshop dedicated to blind people on the Via Francigena in Bagno Vignoni. The event, which happened last July, had the aim of bringing individuals with visual disabilities closer to the thermal heritage through a series of sensorial experiences on the field.

A workshop aimed at making the Via Francigena accessible to all, within the ‘Thermal Via Francigena‘ project of which the municipality of San Quirico d’Orcia is an official member. On the occasion of our walk, we were supported by relief maps and 3D models made by geologist Riccardo Rocca, which enabled participants to understand the geographical conformation and geological composition of the route, including height differences and indications in Braille.

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The Via Francigena attends the rurAllure General Meeting, the EU cooperation project

On 5 – 9 September the EAVF takes part in the biannual General Meeting of the European Project rurAllure, the three-year project financed by the European Commission within the Horizon2020 programme, focused on the promotion of heritage located in the vicinity of the main European cultural routes.

The Via Francigena, the Way of Saint James, the Via Romea Germanica, the Romea Strata, the Way of Mary and that of Saint Olav will be the main itineraries of this intense four days of conferences and site inspections organized between Bratislava and Budapest from Stuba – Bratislava University of Technology and KIFU, the Hungarian government agency for technological development. 

Representatives from over 16 entities including cultural associations, cultural bodies and organizations will discuss the challenges and developments of the four pilots on which the project is based: from the thermal heritage of the three itineraries that lead to Rome, to the literary pilot of the Ways to Santiago de Compostela, passing through the ethnographic heritage of the Norwegian way to Trondheim up to the naturalistic variety of the Way of Mary. 

The agenda of the Meeting includes a follow-up on the technological platform and on the sustainability objectives of rurAllure. On 7 September the group will leave Bratislava to reach Budapest via Esztergom. The city is located on the right bank of the Danube on the border with Slovakia and will allow participants to explore some of the main points of interest on the Way of Mary. 

AEVF will be represented by Elena Dubinina, Simona Spinola and Nicole Franciolini: this is the fourth edition of the General Assembly of rurAllure, after the meetings in Padua along the Via Romea Strata in January 2022 and that of Vila do Conde in Portugal along the Way of Saint James held in September 2021, after a kick-off online meeting

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Call for videomakers in France – September and October 2022

Within the project “I love Francigena”, the FFRandonnée and the European Association of Via Francigena ways are looking for videomakers to produce videos, photos and content for social networks.

In September and October 2022, the French Hiking Federation (FFRandonnée) and the European Association of Via Francigena ways (EAVF) are organising a series of hikes and meet-ups called “I Love Francigena“.

The events organised by the FFRandonnée Grand Est and the EAVF consist of three hikes that will cross some of the most significant stages of the GR®145 Via Francigena in France:

  • Hike 1: 21 – 23 September from Vitry-le-François to Brienne-le-Château (Grand-East, Marne and Aube)
  • Hike 2: 30 September – 2 October from Bruay-la-Buissière (Olhain Park) to Blessy (Hauts-de-France, Pas-de-Calais)
  • Hike 3: 7 – 9 October from Mamirolle to Saône and Besançon (Bourgogne-FrancheComté, Doubs)

These events are free and open to the public. Each walk will be 10-12 km per day with a certified guide presenting the local cultural heritage. Representatives of local authorities, the FFRandonnée and the EAVF will also be present, as well as numerous walkers, inhabitants, tourists, a photographer/videomaker and a blogger.

Your commitment:

  • Walk with us along the route for 3 days (you need to be in good physical shape, walking an average of 10-12 km per day and carrying a backpack).
  • Produce 1 one-minute video for each walk (3 in total).
  • Produce 2 real-life 20-second videos for each walk (6 in total).
  • Produce 1 1-minute 30-second video interview per walk (3 in total)
  • Share a minimum of 40 HD photos (120 in total).

Terms and conditions:

Please let us know if you are available for all 3 events or just 2 or 1, specifying which one(s).

  • You must be in possession of all equipment, the drone and a licence to shoot with the drone.
  • Accommodation, travel expenses and meals are fully covered by the organisers.
  • Remuneration to be agreed.

How to apply?

Send your application to jacques.chevin@viefrancigene.org including:

  • Your CV and list of your social networks.
  • Your portfolio.
  • A detailed quotation.

Read the full terms and conditions here

The French Hiking Federation (FFRandonnée)
The French Hiking Federation, our partner and associated body, is an association between several organisations that ensure hikers’ access to marked trails. Its slogan is ‘Les chemins, a shared richness’. By delegation of the Ministry of Sport and thanks to the commitment of its collaborators, the FFRandonnée promotes hiking as a sport and leisure activity, organising hikes, events, and hiking education in schools.

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Walking gives you appetite: Montana is with us on the Via Francigena

The Francigena community continues to grow, as does the network of partners supporting the Association: among the new entries is Montana, a historic Italian company leader in the production of canned meat, which had already accompanied us during the Road to Rome. Convenient and pocket-sized, it is an ideal food for pilgrims embarking on a journey!

Montana’s #CamminareMetteAppetito (‘Walking gives you appetite’) project was created to collect the best Italian walks and outdoor routes and make available the experiences, information and advice of pilgrims and lovers of outdoor activities.

More and more people, in fact, are choosing a healthy lifestyle, made up of outdoor sports activities and a conscious diet and at the same time respectful of the environment. Montana recognises itself in these values, which are common to those who, like AEVF, love the land, and has taken steps to support them with us.

Montana meat comes from an entirely Italian production chain and is the ideal travelling companion along the way because it is light, practical, tasty and high in protein. It is suitable for allə because it is gluten-free and environmentally friendly thanks to the 100% recyclable aluminium packaging. It is the first jellied beef in Italy to have the EPD environmental certification, which measures and certifies the environmental impact of a product on the environment in an objective and comparable way.

We therefore begin with Montana a great new journey as a spokesman for slow and sustainable tourism at local, national and European level.

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J’Aime Francigena 2022: upcoming hikes along the French section!

In September and October 2022, the French Hiking Federation (FFRandonnée) and the European Association of Via Francigena ways (EAVF) are organising a series of hikes open to the public and free of charge, called “J’aime Francigena“.

Three walking events lasting 2-3 days each are on schedule, taking us through some of the most significant stages of the Via Francigena cultural route in France, named GR®145.

Here is the programme:

Hike 1: from 21 to 23 September between Vitry-le-François and Brienne-le-Château (Grand-Est, Marne et Aube)

Hike 2: from 30 September to 2 October between Bruay-la-Buissière (Parc d’Olhain) and Blessy (Hauts-de-France, Pas-de-Calais)

Hike 3: from 7 to 9 October between Mamirolle a Saône and Besançon (Bourgogne-Franche-Comté, Doubs)

REGISTER HERE

Each of these free group walks along the Via Francigena will be on average 10-12 km per day and the group will always be composed of a certified guide, who will present the local cultural heritage, representatives of local authorities, the FFRandonnée and the EAVF, a professional photographer and video-maker, and some bloggers and influencers, as well as all walkers, citizens and tourists who wish to participate.

For detailed information on the hikes, visit the events section on our website

Or send an e-mail to our contact person Jacques Chevin: jacques.chevin@viefrancigene.org

For information about our I Love Francigena events click here