Via Francigena. The Road to Rome

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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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The Via Francigena participates in the meeting of the French Ministry of Culture about cultural itineraries

On February 2, the French Ministry of Culture invited the Cultural Routes of the Council of Europe based in France to participate in an important videoconference chaired by the Head of Department Bruno Favel and by the Head of Culture and Tourism Nicolas Monquaut. The Director of the European Institute of Cultural Routes, Stefano Dominioni, also participated.

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The Via Francigena team is expanding: Myra Stals from "Cycle 2 Recycle" will be following European project "rurAllure" on behalf of EAVF

Do you remember her? Last summer (2020) Myra Stals has cycled along the Via Francigena with her special cargo bike. Armed with her inseparable “pinza” (i.e. plastic trash picker) she travelled for more than 5000km, collecting many kilograms of plastic waste.

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The Via Francigena is lead character in “Strade di Siena”, a project dedicated to cycling and active tourism as part of "Terre di Siena Slow"

The Strade di Siena project was presented on the 25th of January as part of “Terre di Siena Slow”, involving 28 municipalities in the Province of Siena.

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Via Francigena del Sud - Via Traiana - On the way to Leuca

Via Francigena del Sud - Via Traiana - On the way to Leuca

Via Francigena of the South has been declared a Cultural Route of the Council of Europe

The president of the European Association of the Via Francigena Ways Massimo Tedeschi and Stefano Dominioni, executive secretary of the Enlarged Partial Agreement on Cultural Routes of the Council of Europe and director of the European Institute of Cultural Routes in Luxembourg, recently contacted the leaders of the Apulia Region to give them the good news.

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Via Francigena of the South: Feasibility project for youth hostel in Brindisi approved and financed by the Apulia Region

The commitment of the Apulia Region has been a driving force behind the progress of the project, together with the support of the ‘Brindisi e le Antiche Strade’ association (Brindisi and the Ancient Roads). The hostel will become an important accommodation provider for the increasing number of travellers and pilgrims that choose the Via Francigena of the South as their destination.

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Via Francigena joins the European Tourism Manifesto

In January 2021 the European Association of the Via Francigena ways officially joined the European Tourism Manifesto, an informal alliance launched by European public and private stakeholders to raise the profile of the tourism sector among EU policymakers.

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EAVF participates in the rurAllure kick off meeting

On 11 – 13 January 2021 the European Association of the Via Francigena ways EAVF participated in the kick off meeting of the European project “rurAllure: Promotion of rural museums and heritage sites in the vicinity of European pilgrimage routes”.

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Yummy Francigena: WINE FROM SWISS VALAIS

Are you ready to travel along the Swiss Via Francigena? Valais, being in the heart of the Swiss wine tradition, is a forge of oenological experimentation.  900 years ago it was introduced to the viticulture by the Cistercian monks from Burgundy.

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The Year of the road to Rome, a great opportunity for the Via Francigena!

The Road to Rome is an important event that joins the celebrations of the Compostela Holy Year and aims to strengthen the international fame of the Via Francigena, while reflecting on the future of the camino.

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“Pedalando Faticando” - an educational project for minors

For ten years the Fattoria della Carità in Cortetano, a town of less than a hundred inhabitants on the outskirts of Cremona, has hosted a small community of unaccompanied foreign minors, who live here in a Caritas facility.

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Yummy Francigena: APULIAN TARALLI

These delicious rings are excellent travel companions along the Via Francigena. Here is their history and origin. 

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"Project management and development opportunities along the Via Francigena” – joint webinar of the EAVF and the Viterbo Chamber of Commerce

On 17 December 2020 the marketing office of the Viterbo Chamber of Commerce, in collaboration with the European Association of the Via Francigena ways (EAVF) conducted a webinar "Project management and development opportunities along the Via Francigena".

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Yummy Francigena: LA SPONGATA // PONTREMOLI

Have you ever tasted it?Spongata is an ancient and mysterious dessert, produced in Italian Pontremoli and Sarzana, which originated in Jewish cuisine.

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TRENORD: temporary suspension of online purchase of discounted tickets

We inform you that the online purchase of Trenord tickets on discounted prices is temporarily suspended due to technical matters. The purchase remains possible in ticket offices.

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Via Francigena is now in LinkedIn!

After years of stable presence in the world of more informal social media, the European Association of the Via Francigena ways is now in Linkedin, a professional social network.

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Great walking event: Via Francigena - Road to Rome 2021

Via Francigena. Road to Rome 2021 is an upcoming event organised by the European Association of the Via Francigena ways (EAVF) to take place on the occasion of the 20th anniversary of its foundation.

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