Via Francigena. The Road to Rome

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“Road to Rome” will take place, confirms the EAVF General Assembly

The march, celebrating the European Association of Via Francigena ways’ 20th anniversary, received a green light from members and departure has been confirmed for mid-June.

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EAVF teams up with UK publishing house Cicerone to launch new Via Francigena guides

An exciting new collaboration between EAVF and publisher Cicerone Press has led to the upcoming launch of 3 new Via Francigena guidebook volumes, the first of its kind to cover the entire stretch from Canterbury to Rome.  

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Happy 20th birthday, EAVF! A beautiful story!

On the 7th of April 2001, the association of municipalities along the Via Francigena was founded in Fidenza, initially only with Italian municipalities.

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Call for Influencers, bloggers and content creators

Are you an influencer ready for an unforgettable experience this summer? Are you sporty, adventurous, and curious about discovering new places? Then EAVF is looking for you!

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Call for proposals: Video production

Within the initiative“Via Francigena. Road to Rome 2021. Start again!” the European Association of the Via Francigena ways is looking for a Provider of video production.

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England: Via Francigena Art Trail project

The European Association of the Via Francigena ways is delighted to announce the launch of the Via Francigena Arts Trail project, which allows creation of three public art commissions along the English stretch of the route. 

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Road to Rome 2021: Pilgrim Stick has arrived!

The pilgrim stick – our Olympic torch – which will be passed from pilgrim to pilgrim during the relay march “Via Francigena. Road to Rome 2021” has arrived!

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170 Graduate Students in Erasmus in Europe thanks to the Via Francigena

The opportunity is reserved to new graduated students who have obtained a high school diploma in a school along the Via Francigena: 21 students have already departed, and 49 more are getting ready to leave.

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The "Walk of light" of Francisco Sancho arrives in Champlitte on the Via Francigena

Francisco Sancho, originally Spanish, then resident in Vicenza, transformed his pilgrimage in a full expression of Christian life. He has been walking for many years along all the key European pilgrim routes. We have met him in Champlitte on the 10th of March.

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EAVF participates in meeting on European Cultural Routes by the French Ministry of Culture

On 4 March 2021, the French Ministry of Culture invited the Cultural Routes of the Council of Europe (ICCE) to participate in a meeting chaired by the director of the UNESCO Culture and World Heritage department, Bruno Favel, and the head of the Culture and Tourism department, Nicolas Monquaut.

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The "Good Practices" competition for municipalities and associations along the Via Francigena is back!

After the big success of last year, the European Association of Via Francigena ways has decided to organize the second edition of the competition, which is open to public administrations, associations, tourist accommodations, and individual enthusiasts along the entire route of the Francigena.

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Calais: a rose breed dedicated to the Via Francigena

A "Via Francigena" rose was created in the city of Calais supported by the Association for the Enhancement of the Architectural Heritage of Calais (AMVPAC).

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Via Francigena launches Walking Tourism category for prestigious award

The European Association of the Via Francigena ways (EAVF) teams up with the European Cultural Tourism Network (ECTN)Europa Nostra and the Network of European Regions for Competitive and Sustainable Tourism (NECSTouR) to launch a new category of the award “Destination of Sustainable Cultural Tourism 2021”.

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District 108L Lions Club International promotes the Via Francigena

District 108L Lions Club International is at the front line when it come to promoting peace, and the Via Francigena as Cultural Route of the Council of Europe represents the values of peace, respect, dialogue, democracy, and inclusion.

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The municipality of Saint Maurice (CH) becomes an EAVF member!

Saint Maurice, a small municipality in the Canton of Valais with great strategic importance, is located along the Swiss stretch of the Via Francigena, exactly halfway along the route followed by archbishop Sigeric on his journey to Rome. The European Association of Via Francigena Ways is incredibly happy to enrich its network with such an important institutional member, therefore we warmly welcome Saint Maurice and its representatives!

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A virtual journey with Kate Bolton-Porciatti

A virtual journey with Kate Bolton-Porciatti

Exploring the Via Francigena through Italy: A virtual journey with Kate Bolton-Porciatti (lecture series)

In these difficult and restricted times of the pandemic many of us yearn for better times and the possibility to travel. This 4-part lecture series, taking place from 27 February to 2 March, will give participants a taste of what travelling along the Via Francigena in Italy will feel like once we get back on (the) track.

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Attention: landslide in Casalina, Pontremoli (Tuscany) (Via Francigena Italy, stage 22)

We have been informed that in the town of Casalina, along the stage that leads from the Cisa Pass to Pontremoli, a landslide has occurred on the road that passes through the town, causing the wall supporting the road to collapse.

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Yummy Francigena: VALDOSTANA COFFEE

In Aosta, the city that marks the passage from Switzerland into Italy along the Via Francigena after leaving the Great St. Bernard Pass behind, any self-respecting dinner finishes with a typical Valdostana coffee!

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“Examining Loyalty Formation in Pilgrimage Routes Experiences: a Variation in Motivations” - an MA thesis by Sara Stefanelli

Sara Stefanelli is 24 years old, she lives in Milan, and she works as a consultant for the public administration managing European funds for regional development. She did her bachelor’s and master’s degree in Economics and Management for Art, Culture and Communication. For the latter she wrote a thesis entitled "Examining Loyalty Formation in Pilgrimage Routes Experiences: a Variation in Motivations". Below is her story.

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EAVF turns 20: "Road to Rome" is added to the official logo

In jargon it is called a “pay off”: it is that short, concise, recognisable slogan that accompanies and somehow "explains" a brand. For the Via Francigena it goes without saying that the only truly fitting pay off had to be “Road to Rome".

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