Luca Bruschi, Director of the European Association of Via Francigena ways (EAVF), frontline walker during the Road to Rome 2021 and passionate promoter of the Via Francigena, will take part in the conference, open to the public, ‘The Way of Saint Benedict and the ancient roads in the Latin Valley’, in Cassino on 19 December 2021.
Between 25 and 27 May 2022 a session focused on cultural routes will take place in Reggio Calabria (Italy), aiming to debate on routes as a tool for innovation and tourism recovery after the recent pandemic crisis.
On the 22nd and 23rd of November 2021, EAVF took part in two days of conferences in Antibes (along the French Riviera) organized by the Défismed association, in collaboration with the French Ministry of Culture.
An important infrastructural action begins from the Italian section of the route, at the end of the long “Road to Rome” march.
Exactly one week ago, on the 18th of October 2021, the “Road to Rome 2021” relay march came to an end after 127 days by foot along the Via Francigena.
“Heritage-Europe-Relaunch are the three keywords of Road to Rome” was one of the most significant sentences shared during meetings with mayors, the public and institutions who have welcomed the European march along the Via Francigena, at the end of each stage. A sentence full of meaning and full of expectations, which was not only spoken but has been put in practice along the road. Many agreements have been settled during “Road to Rome” between EAVF and municipalities; many pre-existent collaborations have been strengthened during the event: among these were the Ventotene Treaty, in the region of Lazio, the renewed agreement with the Fédération Française de la Randonnée and the Santa Maria di Leuca Manifesto, signed at the end of the very last stage.
The relay march along the Via Francigena, which started on the 15th of June in Canterbury, comes to its end upon arrival, on the 18th of October, at the sanctuary of Santa Maria de Finibus Terrae.
Having won twice the ERASMUS + calls for mobility of youth in 2019 and 2020, the European Association of the Via Francigena ways provided an opportunity to 170 graduates in tourism, market and communication, to obtain vocation training abroad.
RurAllure partner in the ambitious Horizon2020 project, the EAVF invites pilgrims and tourists to participate in a short anonymous survey focused on evaluation of pilgrims’ interests in culture and heritage along the routes: such as visiting museums and cultural sites, participation in local events, seminars, congresses and gastronomic experiences.
On 29 September – 01 October 2021 takes place the annual advisory forum on cultural routes. Organised by the Council of Europe, the event brings together stakeholders from the cultural and tourism sectors united by the common topic – cultural routes.