Via Francigena. The Road to Rome

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New accessibility in the Cathedral of Fidenza: the Via Francigena for all

The route of the Via Francigena crossing Europe from Canterbury to Rome, has several stages that have particular artistic, cultural and religious value: Fidenza is one of these places, enhanced by the presence of its Cathedral and the Diocesan Museum.

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An Education on the Via Francigena for the international Press

The Via Francigena is at the centre of an educational experience presented to eleven journalists of international standing and involving the city of Siena.

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All roads lead to Rome

"All roads lead to Rome. One hundred kilometres from the centre of Christianity" is a project which will take place from 4-9 October, 2016.

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Walking the Via Francigena to fight addictions

Special pilgrims arrived yesterday in Siena. The Association "Rete passaggio chiave"  (Network key step) deals with the treatment of addictions, and one of the ways in which they do this is through walkig, the mountain therapy.  This time they chose the Via Francigena for their therapy.

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EAVF in Thessaloniki: meeting on the Via Egnatia on 13 and 14 September

On 13 and 14 September the second partnership meeting of the project “From Europe to Turkey on Foot (Preparation of a European cultural route between Europe and Turkey)” will take place in Thessaloniki (Greece).

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The Vie Francigene in Puglia, from vision to opportunity for a sustainable territorial development

The Vie Francigene in Puglia, from vision to opportunity for a sustainable territorial development” is the title of the dissertation discussed by Alessandro Caterino in the month of July, at the University of Bologna. The dissertation is focused on the Via Francigena in Puglia and on the governance of the project: an example of good practice, which sees the Puglia, through the Via Francigena, at the centre of an international project, tied to the sustainable territorial development.

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The agreement between EAVF and Champlitte has been signed

Champlitte adheres to the European Association of the Vie Francigene. In 2012, during the people’s walk “Pas à Pas”, the Via Francigena became very well known in this region of the Haute-Saone, in Franche-Comté.

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30 years of friendship French & Mexican in Champlitte

Since November 21st, 1986, the department of the Haute-Saône, Champlitte in France and the municipality of San Rafael in Mexico are coupled. Both cultures have strong links, since the departure first inhabitants of Champlitte towards Mexico in 1833. It is around this real human adventure based on the exchange that is going to be celebrated all year round this anniversary. The events included : exhibition, colloquium, concerts, literary meetings.

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Rest stop for pilgrims near San Minato

A resting point for pilgrims traveling through San Miniato on the Via Francigena.  Just as the Maltini husband and wife had thought, their initiative to provide a small bench on the via Parini street in San Miniato Basso, has, over time, become increasingly more welcoming.  

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New pilgrim services at Centro San Lorenzo in Rome

As of 20 June, 2016 the Ad Limina Petri, located at 24 Via Pfeiffer, at the Centro San Lorenzo in Rome, began offering reception services to pilgrims.

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Cultural Routes of Europe and Accessibility

In light of their positive experiences concerning the Via Francigena and the Camino de Santiago, we have invited two Italian organizations - the Social Cooperative Acca of Aosta and the Association of Free Wheels Lombardy (Varese Somma) to an interesting meeting in Strasbourg, dedicated to the accessibility of Cultural Routes in Europe.

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How to come back from Rome with your bike by public transportation?

How is it possible to come back from Rome once ended the bike travel along the Via Francigena?

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XX anniversary

XX anniversary

Round table on the theme of religious tourism

After the latest agreement between the Region Emilia-Romagna and the Episcopal Conference Emilia-Romagna, it has been decided to establish a permanent round table on the theme of religious tourism. Tomorrow the new workgroup, to which the European Association of the Vie Francigene takes part, will take office in Bologna.

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The Via Francigena on the Dauni Mountains

The Via Francigena is an historical path, which firstly lead from Canterbury to Rome and then to Jerusalem. It has been travelled during the Middle Ages by pilgrims and crusaders, and it passed through the whole region of Puglia, starting from the Dauni Mountains.

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Mystery and Flames in Lucera

The title of the event gives notice of the union between history and art. The event is organised and represented by the public Theatre of Puglia and it foresees the depiction, with the combination of music and dance, of the holy and profane theme (according to current vision of the pain culture) of the theatre mysteries. These had a great circulation during the Middle Ages, and were the representation of the holy themes of Christianity for the popular and uneducated class, according to the so-called “Biblia pauperum”.

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5 things to do on the Dauni Mountains, Puglia

What to do in Puglia, five things to do on the Dauni Mountains, from renting a car to have dinner in a bibliocafé, to admire the boundless landscapes.

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My relationship with the backpack and the passion for walks. Soon I’ll leave again.

It is during July that my desire to leave, to get on the ‘way’ arrives.  The destination?  Almost always I decide in the spring, although the journey in my head begins much earlier.

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XX anniversary

XX anniversary

Call for paper Via Francigena

In order to celebrate the XV anniversary of the Association, the EAVF launches a new call for paper "Via Francigena" in  cooperation with the University "Cattolica del Sacro Cuore" of Milano.  The Via Francigena is playing an important role to support local development from diffrent point of views: social, cultural, sustainable, economic.

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The Via Francigena Regions meet in Brussels on 2016 activities

On 15 and 16 June the IXth European meeting among the Regions of the Via Francigena, cultural route of the Council of Europe, took place in Brussels, at the Emilia Romagna Region EU liaison office. 

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The Via Francigena behind the peak

The experience on the road of Massimo and Cristina, narrated in a brilliant and captivating way through their logbook. The experience started on the 2nd June.

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