An important infrastructural action begins from the Italian section of the route, at the end of the long “Road to Rome” march.
“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.
Today, Fidenza is the “cultural capital” of the Via Francigena: a lab space for the development of Italian and European routes, calling together leading actors, ideas, proposals, and opportunities for confrontation. This is why the Francigena Fidenza Festival was born, with its first edition concluded last Sunday the 19th of September.
On the 27th of September we celebrate the World Tourism Day, a recurrence ideated by the General Assembly of the United Nations in 1979 to celebrate the impact of the tourism sector on the social, political, cultural, and economic development of populations.
The event, which took place in Portuguese Vila do Conde on 8- 10 September 2021 brought together Consortium partners of rurAllure, the European Union financed project, focused on enhancement of heritage in the vicinity of cultural and pilgrimage routes.
After 79 days on foot and bicycle, the Road to Rome group has officially reached Rome: the group of walkers, the EAVF delegation, and alongside, the Italian National Tourist Board-ENIT.