Through the decree n. 2016 of 8 February 2022 by the Italian Minister of Tourism Massimo Garavaglia, two new expert members were nominated for the Italian National Tourism Promotion Committee. The new members are Luca Bruschi (1978), graduate in Conservation of Cultural Heritage and today Director of the European Association of Via Francigena ways (EAVF), and Angelofabio Attolico (1983), with a PhD in Archaeology, now technical manager of the Via Francigena in the South.
The main task of the Committee is to promote coordinated actions among the many subjects who operate in the tourism sector, in line with national political plans. Its operation is regulated by the Tourism Code (Legislative Decree no. 79 of 23 May 2011). It is chaired by the Minister of Tourism, and it includes representatives of the Ministries of Foreign Affairs, Economy, Culture, Education, together with tourism experts of national and international relevance.
“On behalf of the European Association of Via Francigena ways I express great satisfaction and my best wishes for an enjoyable job to Luca Bruschi, director of the EAVF, and to Angelofabio Attolico, collaborator of the EAVF for the Via Francigena in the South. Two professionals who – I am sure – will give an important contribution of ideas and experiences within the promotion of cultural tourism, not only in Italy, which builds on their many years of fruitful activity in the context of the European project of the Via Francigena, Cultural Route of the Council of Europe. I recall, in particular, the extraordinary march from Canterbury to Rome and to Santa Maria di Leuca “Via Francigena. Road to Rome 2021. Start again!“, which took place from 15 June to 18 October 2021. Bruschi and Attolico were decisive and driving forces for the success of the project”, shared EAVF’s President Massimo Tedeschi.
“I would also like to warmly congratulate Monsignor Liberio Andreatta and Engineer Luigi Cantamessa, respectively President pro tempore and Director General of the Fondazione FS Italiane, with whom the EAVF has cooperated very fruitfully in organising two historical train stages of “Via Francigena. Road to Rome 2021. Start again!”: the Siena – Buonconvento stage on 29 August 2021 and the final Otranto – Gagliano del Capo stage on 18 October 2021” concluded Tedeschi.