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Eurovelo 5 - kick-off Canterbury

Eurovelo 5 - kick-off Canterbury

Eurovelo 5 – Via Romea Francigena : in Canterbury the first meeting of the European project on the itinerary by bike

In the end of May the first partnership meeting of the European project Eurovelo 5 – Via Romea Francigena, took place in Canterbury gathering eleven partners from five different European countries and focused on the development of the Via Romea Francigena by bike.

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The Year of the Via Francigena

The Via Francigena is currently the focus of international attention, as demonstrated by the number of pilgrims (especially recently) that have set out from Canterbury to Rome, some continuing to the south of Italy to Jerusalem. They come from North and South America, Asia and Europe, and many have already traveled the paths to Santiago several times.

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Guida Fondi Europi Turismo EC

Guida Fondi Europi Turismo EC

Guide on EU funding for the tourism sector (2014-2020)

The updated version of the Guide on EU funding for the tourism sector (2014-2020) published by the European Commission.

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XX anniversary

XX anniversary

Via Francigena confirmed as "Cultural Route of Council of Europe"

Via Francigena has been confirmed as Cultural Route of Council of Europe and the EAVF has confirmed as "leader of network".

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San Gimignano inaugurates the ‘Pilgrim Village’ along the Via Francigena

A service long-awaited by all pilgrims and which completes San Gimignano’s plans for the Via Francigena just in time for the presentation of Sigeric’s Way for the candidacy of a UNESCO World Heritage Site. In recent weeks, maintenance and safety of the Francigena has been carried out in the area thanks to the contributions of the Province of Siena and the Tuscany Region

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Recovering skills - the study of monuments and the promotion of the Via Francigena

This weekend a workshop on the art of stone working, sponsored by the Ministry of Culture and pending confirmation of university credit for students, will begin in Cassio di Terenzo.  The architect Del Lesto (Manifattura Urbana) stated:  "We are challenging young people to open their minds to the future." President Tedeschi (AEVF): "MU understands the values ​​of Culture and Heritage".

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A task force of volunteers on the Via Francigena

The course "Accommodation/Support on the Via Francigena", organized by the two municipal administrations of Pont Saint Martin and Donnas, and led by Laura Decanale, Teresa Charles and architect Silvia Stroppa, has now finished.

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XX anniversary

XX anniversary

Europe Day - celebration of the European Routes

"The Via Francigena, Way of Peace" is the title of an international forum, organized by the European Association of the Vie Francigene, to celebrate 15 years since its founding. On Europe Day, 9 May, AEVF wanted to remember the importance of the Way that unites the people of Europe, from the north to the Mediterranean.

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The Cathedral of Canterbury © Tony Page

The Cathedral of Canterbury © Tony Page

Charity walk on the Via Francigena UK, 16 April, 2016

The first annual charity walk on the UK section of the VF, Canterbury to Dover, held on 16 April, was a great success.  The event was organised by Julia Peters, Canterbury Representative of the CPR, and Martina Gannon, who had walked with Julia for the last 100 KM of the VF to Rome in 2015.  44 individuals walked the full 20 miles, raising £2,100 for the charity Save the Children. 

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Working session at the European Institute of Cultural Routes for the Via Francigena Ways

Two important meetings took place on Friday 18 March at the European Institute of Cultural Route (EICR) in Luxembourg. This working sessions were focused on the extension of the certification of the Via Francigena in the South and the cooperation between European Francigena and Romea Ways.

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Partner from Turkey experiencing the Via Francigena

  The European Association of the Via Francigena and the network of Turkey’s cultural routes gathered within "Turkey's Culture Routes Society" are getting to the heart of the project “From Europe to Turkey on Foot”, co-funded by the European Program “Civil Society Dialogue between EU and Turkey IV–Regional Policy and Coordination of Structural Instruments”.

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Public consultation to finalize the manual on Europen Common path standards for the Via Francigena

The European Association of the Via Francigena is launching a public consultation open to all public and private organizations as well as experts involved in the enhancement of the Via Francigena in England, Switzerland, France and Italy, in order to collect remarks and eventual suggestions on quality standards along the Via.

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The digital representation of the cultural heritage along the Francigena: a case study by the University of Lille

In recent years, new forms of representation of cultural heritage have spread due to the use of digital technology. Even pilgrims on the Via Francigena, thanks to their smartphones and tablets, share their walking experiences day after day on social media sites and populate their Facebook account, Instagram or Twitter with photos, videos or with comments.

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The Pleasures of Piacenza and the Via Francigena

For pilgrims who once travelled along the path of the Via Francigena, Piacenza was a resting place where pilgrims could find assistance and refreshments. The following is an itinerary through Piacenza, outlining the places and streets that were once walked by Christians on their way to Rome:

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Via Francigena: Call for paper

A Call for paper has been launched in the frame of the ALMATOURISM Journal of Tourism, Culture and Territorial Development. It is focused on  the "Via Francigena: the long way  of Peace among the European Landscape"

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© AEVF

© AEVF

‘Take a Step for Children’ on the Via Francigena, Canterbury to Dover

Julia Peters, Canterbury Representative of the London-based Confraternity of Pilgrims to Rome, is organising a fundraising challenge on the UK section of the Via Francigena, to take place 16 April, 2016. 

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Via Francigena and Turkey's Cultural Routes. A new cooperation project kicked-off

The project entitled “Europe to Turkey on Foot”, co-funded by the European Program “Civil Society Dialogue between EU and Turkey IV–Regional Policy and Coordination of Structural Instruments” started on 15th February.

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The Belgian Association of the Friends of Via Francigena

On 21 September, 2014  The Belgian Association of the Friends of Via Francigena, with the acronym GRAND in Belgian was created.  GRAND is a very active association that successfully cooperates with the AEVF.

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Action Plan 2016

The European Committee for technical interregional coordination met in Canterbury on 17 and 18 December 2015 and outlined the Action Plan 2016 detailed here below:

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The Guide on European Standard for the Via Francigena

The VIIIth meeting between the European regions of the Via Francigena met in Canterbury on 17 and 18 December, coordinated by the European Association of the Vie Francigene with many international delegations present.  The event was hosted by the Canterbury City Council, a member of the AEVF since 2005. 

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