Via Francigena

1. Introduction

Our website (henceforth known as “website”) uses cookies and other related technology.

This cookie policy must be read as supplement to the information found in the Privacy Policy. This document serves to outline the types of cookies and other technology used by the website, as well as the reasons for and conditions of use of said cookies.

With this document, it is declared that some cookies are necessary and indispensable to allow for proper navigation on the website and as such, continuing to browse the site requires the consent to the use of said cookies.

Furthermore, on the site, there are also cookies used by third parties (not the European Association of the Via Francigena ways).

This cookie policy aims to inform the user about the use of cookies on the website.

2. What are ‘cookies’?

Cookies are a type of information contained in small text files saved by the internet browser on the user’s hard disk. Cookies allow for the identification of the user’s device each time they access the website, guaranteeing a more effective use of the website, enhancing the user’s experience and providing information to the website’s owner.

3. Types of cookies

3.1 Technical or functional cookies

These types of cookies allow for the correct functioning of some sections of the website.

These cookies are essential to visualise the site correctly and for the correct operation of the technical services offered.

Therefore, these will always be used and sent, unless the user modifies the settings of their browser.

The use of these cookies does not require the user’s consent.

3.2 Analytical cookies

Cookies in this category are used to collect information about the use of the website.

The European Association of the Via Francigena ways will use this information in order to perform anonymous statistical analysis in order to improve the usage of the website and to make the content more interesting and relevant to the user’s needs. This type of cookie collects anonymous data about the user’s activity and how they got to the website. Analytical cookies are sent by the website or by third-party domains.

3.3 Third-party analytical cookies

These cookies are used to collect anonymous information about the user’s usage of the website, including: pages visited, length of stay, previously visited sites, geographical location, age, gender and interests for marketing purposes. These cookies are sent by third parties, independent of the website.

3.4 Cookies for the integration of products and functions of third-party software

This type of cookie completes the functionality of third-party developments contained within the pages of the website, including icons and preferences expressed on social network, to share site content or to use software owned by third-parties. These cookies are sent by third-party domains by partner sites who offer their functionality on pages of the website.

3.5 Profile cookies

These cookies are necessary to create a user profile in order to offer publicity relevant to the preferences expressed by the user while browsing the website.

4. Websites, social networks and third-party services

The website may contain links to other sites which may have a privacy policy different to that adopted by the European Association of Via Francigena ways, who is not responsible in any way for the handling of data by the aforementioned third parties.

Furthermore, our website could be included in content on Facebook, Instagram or other social networks in order to promote or share the website.

We invite you to read the privacy policies of these social networks in order to understand the data protection policies of these sites, how data is treated and how it is used by these sites.

5. Cookies present on the site


Expiry date

What it is used for


1 year

Used by Google Analytics for statistics and tracking


1 year

Used by Google Analytics for statistics and tracking


1 year

Used by Google Analytics for statistics and tracking


1 day

Used by Google Analytics to trace a unique, anonymous ID


1 year

To memorise the language settings

The cookies used by Google Analytics which require the user’s IP address are anonymous.

This is a website analysis service provided by Google Inc. (“Google”) which uses cookies on user’s devices in order to collect aggregated statistical analysis to be used by the website being visited.

The data generated by Google Analytics is stored by Google as indicated in their privacy policy available through the following link:

The privacy policy of Google Inc., title holder of data collected by the Google Analytics service can be consulted on the following website:

The following link allows users to download an add-on provided by Google in order to opt-out of Google Analytics:

6. Consent

The European Association of Via Francigena ways, in accordance with current law, is not required to ask for consent for technical and analytical cookies, as they are necessary to provide the required services. For all other types of cookies, however, the user’s consent can be expressed in one of the following ways:

  • Through specific configuration of the browser and relevant IT programmes used to navigate pages of a website.
  • Through modification of the settings regarding the use of third-party services.

Both of these options may impede the user from viewing all or part of the website.

When the website is visited for the first time, there is a popup with a short explanation of cookies, with the possibility to give permission to the European Association of the Via Francigena ways to use the different types of cookies explained in this cookie policy.

7. How to disable cookies through browser configuration

The European Association of the Via Francigena ways informs that, in addition to the methods set out above, the user accessing the website may express or modify their cookie choices through the settings found within the browser used.

The user may, in any given moment, cancel or disable any cookies through the settings of the chosen browser used on the user’s device.

It is to be noted that any changes made through the browser’s settings will only take effect from the first visit to the site after modifying any settings, in relation to the choices made directly on the website.

In order to know how to modify the settings of the different browsers, we hereby present a list of links to the how-to pages for various principal browsers:

Mozilla Firefox

Google Chrome

Internet Explorer

Safari 6/7 Mavericks

Safari 8 Yosemite

Safari su iPhone, iPad, o iPod touch

If the user is using a browser that is not presented in this list, we invite the user to refer to the documentation or online guides relating to the browser used in order to find further information.

8. Data Controller and their contacts

For any inquiries relating to the content of this Cookie Policy, the user may contact the Data Controller at the European Association of the Via Francigena ways using one of the following methods:

European Association of the Via Francigena ways

Headquarters: Casa Cremonini, Piazza Duomo 16, I-43036 Fidenza (PR) – Italy

Email address of Data Controller:

9. Modifications to the cookie policy

It is possible that the cookie policy may be modified in the future and as such we invite the user to periodically check this webpage. For this reason, the date of the most recent update is specified below.

Last updated: 19th of January 2023