Via Francigena. The Road to Rome

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The Cathedral of Canterbury © Tony Page

The Cathedral of Canterbury © Tony Page

Departure of "Via Francigena. Road to Rome 2021. Start again!"

Tuesday 15th of June 2021 at 9:00 am a symbolic ceremony will be held at the Cathedral of Canterbury, next to the km 0 stone of the Via Francigena. The ceremony represents the starting of the event, with the blessing of the “pilgrim’s stick” which will accompany us for 3,200 km, all the way to Santa Maria di Leuca. At 1:45 pm a delegation of EAVF will be received by the Secretary-General of the Council of Europe, Marija Pejčinović Burić.

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Italy welcomes Europe. The European Initiative “Via Francigena. Road to Rome 2021. Start Again” is about to begin.

The Italian National Tourist Board-ENIT promotes slow tourism and supports the march from Europe leading to Rome. The march will leave Canterbury on the 16th of June, passing through 5 nations and 637 municipalities, along the 3,200 km route. The event celebrates the 20th anniversary of the foundation of the European Association of Via Francigena ways.

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The Road to Rome 2021 initiative was selected by the UNWTO as a best practice for the relaunch of sustainable tourism!

The “Via Francigena. Road to Rome 2021. Start again!” initiative has been selected and is now on the official platform of the United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO): the ‘Tourism for SDGs’ platform ". It represents a showcase and best practice, accessible worldwide, aiming at the relaunch of sustainable and responsible tourism after Covid-19.

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A tastier Via Francigena, with MITO single portions of Parmigiano Reggiano

Three new “Stop & Taste” spots are now open where pilgrims can have a taste of delicious Parmigiano Reggiano thanks to an agreement between the European Association of Via Francigena ways (EAVF), the Consortium of Parmigiano Reggiano and the Official Via Francigena Magazine emitted by editor Studio Guidotti.

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Myra Stals will be the face of the EAVF for the event "Via Francigena Road to Rome 2021. Start Again!"

Dutch, polyglottal and cosmopolitan 36-year-old Myra Stals has just joined the staff of the European Association of the Via Francigena Ways – the EAVF. She will be the Social Media Manager of the event “Road to Rome 2021” as will walk and cycle along the entire 3,200-km route from Canterbury to Rome and Santa Maria di Leuca.

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The legend of Sigeric: la Commedia dell’Arte sbarca sulla Via Francigena

“The legend of Sigeric” is a cultural and animation initiative of the Via Francigena. This Art Comedy is based on Charles Myber’s idea, and is written and directed by Carlo Boso.

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Walking with the French Federation of the Via Francigena

EAVF and FFVF are working together to animate and promote the French section of the Via Francigena.

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EAVF supports the conference “Regenerating European Tourism through Culture, Heritage and Creativity”

Taking place on 21-22 October 2021 in Athens, Greece, the conference “Regenerating European Tourism through Culture, Heritage and Creativity” is organised by European Cultural Tourism Network (ECTN) with support of the Europa Nostra, European Travel Commission, the Network of European Regions for Competitive and Sustainable Tourism (NECSTouR) with support of the European Association of the Via Francigena ways (EAVF).

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7-year accreditation of the ERASMUS+: EAVF leading the vocation training

After having won two ERASMUS+ calls in 2019 and 2020 (with overall 170 young people participating), the European Association of the Via Francigena ways was granted the VET ERAMSUS mobility card.

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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 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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