On 16th May the opening conference of the Interreg Europe Programme-funded Green Pilgrimage project was held in Canterbury, UK. For the next five years this project will be supporting European regional policies in capitalizing the positive impact as well as further exploiting the the inexplored potential od pilgrimage cultural routes in Europe for the cultural and natural heritage safeguard and promotion. Indeed, according to United Nations’s data every year 330 millions of people go to pilgrimage toward religious destinations in the world.Read More
The European Committee for technical interregional coordination of the Via Francigena (ECTIC) convened in Rome on 11 May on the biking route and on accessible infrastructure and services for all. Both of them are very relevant themes within nowadays tourist market and which are also in line with the Council of Europe values for an inclusive and sustainable cultural route.Read More
The continuous establishment of Slow Tourism, on foot, by bicycle and on horseback, has encouraged the proliferation of the European paths in the media and, therefore, touristic use, one being the Via Francigena.Read More
FLORENCE - completed today with the signing of the agreement between the 39 interested municipalities, the path towards the creation of the first uniform touristic product "Via Francigena Toscana"Read More
On 30 September 2017, the Jacobee Associations of the French Regions of Burgundy, Franche-Comté and Lorraine, with the support of the Association of the Paths of Saint James of Compostela on the occasion of the 30th anniversary of the recognition of the route of Santiago de Compostela as a European Cultural Route., organised a meeting in Notre-Dame de Mont-Roland Sanctuary, located along the route.Read More
The European Association of the Vie Francigene is the partner of DigitaLife, a project for a collective film which will tell the story of the changes which have occured in the last twenty years from a perspective aimed towards the future. The venture will be realised mainly thanks to the videos sent in by members of the public.
"A pilgrim has many rights and as many responsibilities". We have seen today in a concrete action, when a group of twenty people slowly travelled along the Via Francigena from Santa Cristina to Orio Litta and continued towards Piacenza, on 10 and 11 June 2017 committed to an engaging project: "I Love Francigena". The European Association of the Via Francigena Ways (EAVF) and Itineraria organised this project: a travel event to raise awareness among route enthusiasts in cleaning the route and maintaining the signage. The twenty pilgrims, led by the representatives of the two associations and armed with gloves and bags, walked along the European Cultural Route, becoming users and at the same time its protectors. Walking along the two stages in Lombardy, a prelude before entering the Emilia region, you slowly approach the Po river, always visible from the top of the embankment, which flows lazily along the Po Valley. The path offers a panoramic view of the Po valley landscapes that never stops: the farmhouses and the various colours of the cultivated fields follow one another and alternate in a fascinating polychromy that accompanies the pilgrim along his journey. Walking these stage you see hostels, welcoming travellers with friendship and hospitality, and pilgrims, travelling alone or in couples, who share their experiences and create bonds between people. The two days hike had a great success and excellent results. The second edition is already scheduled for 24 and 25 June 2017, which has the same objectives. Read more about the event here. Luca Faravelli View the video of this event!Read More