Via Francigena. The Road to Rome

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VII Forum of the Via Francigena Municipalities starts in Monteriggioni: "Via Francigena. Work in Progress"

2020 opens with the traditional meeting in Monteriggioni, Italy - the annual Via Francigena Forum of the Municipalities along the route.  The 7th edition of the Forum is called "Via Francigena. Work in progress" and takes place on 1 February in the monumental complex of Abbadia Isola.

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Via Francigena and St Francis' Way: Always More Usable Thanks to State Financing

State funds have been allocated to Emilia-Romagna for implementation of 37 projects on territories of Piacenza, Parma, Rimini and Forlì-Cesena.

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Tour Operators along the Path: EAVF Partners’ Netwrok Grows

Walking or cycling along the Via Francigena, a few days or entire weeks, independently or with the support of professional guides, alone or in groups - each traveller follows his own inner rhythm.

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The Collaboration between the Municipality of Piacenza and EAVF is consolidated

The strategic collaboration between the Municipality of Piacenza and the European Association of the Via Francigena ways continues and consolidates.

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EAVF participates in the Via Eurasia Scientific Committee meeting

On 20 December 2019 the European Association of the Via Francigena Ways travelled to Istanbul, Turkey to take part in the Scientific Committee of the Via Eurasia, which was organised by the Culture Routes Society under the hospices of the Boğaziçi University Tourism Administration and Research Centre.

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Maintenance Walks on the Via Francigena

After the holiday break, the maintenance walks of the Via Francigena resume. The group of volunteers of the Friends of the Via Francigena Association of Santhià in Piedmont, offers a rich calendar of excursions led by Marcello Vallese staring 22 January 2020.

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Via Francigena sustainable furniture competition “Francigena in Comune"

"Francigena in Comune" – a project of the urban regeneration strategy in 6 Municipalities along the historic paths in the Italian province of Piacenza - announces winners of the competition for the design of sustainable furniture for tourists and pilgrims.

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Via Francigena: the EAVF network is ever growing. Member’s package 2020 is available online

The network of the European Association of the Via Francigena Ways (EAVF) is growing. 2019 ended with the accession of three Swiss municipalities from the Canton of Valais: Evionnaz, Martigny and Orsières. The Department of Doubs, Bourgogne-Franche-Comté Region, France and the Municipality of San Severo, Apulia Region, Italy also joined the EAVF.

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The Via Francigena Towards the UNESCO Nomination: Opportunity for Lombardy Region

On 19 December 2019 in Milan took place a conference highlighting the results of the project "The Via Francigena in Lombardy. Towards the UNESCO nomination", organised by the European Association of the Via Francigena Ways (EAVF) and Lombardy region with the collaboration of the Province of Pavia and Lodi.

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“Vie Romee” - New Scientific Publication on the Via Francigena and the History of routes

An important scientific research on the Via Francigena has recently been released: a book called "Vie Romee. Dall’Altomedievale Via Francigena alla pluralità di percorsi romipeti del basso Medioevo

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#Retakefrancigena Presented the Re-design of the Route from Retta to Saint Peter in Rome

On December 15 in Piazza della Visione in the La Storta district of Rome, the #RetakeFrancigena project was presented to institutions and citizens. The project was created by the volunteers of the RetakeRoma groups already active in the renovation of common goods within their home neighbourhoods.

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Via Francigena, 3rd Edition of the Literary Award "Intanto Parto..Racconti e Parole in Cammino"

The literary prize dedicated to unpublished stories by authors, amateurs and professionals, telling the story of the journey along the Via Francigena and other routes, has come to its 3rd year.

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Via Francigena By Bike: Training and Rules for Cycling Tourism

On 12 December in Siena, at Palazzo Patrizi, was held a conference, organized by the City of Siena with the support of the Tuscany Region, Toscana Promozione Turistica and the European Association of the Via Francigena Ways (EAVF), entitled "The Via Francigena by bike. The economic opportunities of cycling in the territory of Siena".

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TV Show "COTTO E MANGIATO" Brings Via Francigena to TV

The Via Francigena is back screen. On 5 December 2019 on Italia 1, in the TV programme "Cotto e Mangiato" the section "Menù in bici" was dedicated to the Cultural Route of the Council of Europe, focused on history, nature and eno-gastronomy.

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The EAVF participates in the 3rd EUSALP Annual Forum

The European Association of the Via Francigena Ways (EAVF), represented by Elena Dubinina, participated in the 3rd  EUSALP Annual Forum, which took place on 28 - 29 November 2019 in Palazzo Lombardia, the headquarters of the Lombardy region, Milan.

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Paralympic athlete Andrea Devicenzi arrives to Rome and meets the Pope

On 1 December 2019 Andrea Devicenzi, Paralympic athlete and Via Francigena ambassador, concluded his journey along the Francigena, having reached St. Peter's Square in Rome after 1000 km journey (Interview Link).

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Francigena on Bicycle: a Conference on the Economic Opportunities of Cycling in the Area of Siena

"Francigena cycle path, the economic opportunities of cycling in the Area of Siena " is the title of the conference scheduled for 12 December 2019 at 9.30 am at the Conference Hall of Palazzo Patrizi, Via di Città 75 in Siena.

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New Edition of the Magazine "Via Francigena and the European Cultural Routes"

The new issue of the magazine "Via Francigena and the European Cultural Routes" is available online. The 48th edition of the bi-annual publication of the European Association of the Via Francigena (EAVF) dedicates the cover to the Church of Saint Michele of Pavia, announcing the special focus of this edition. 

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Markets and Traders along the Via Francigena - the Sarzana Conference

The Via Francigena, a cultural route of the Council of Europe and a pilgrimage itinerary, has been considered one of the main trade routes since the Middle Ages. On this topic, on 30 November 2019, the conference took place in Sarzana in the hall of the Municipal Council of the Town Hall.

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Via Francigena in Lombardy region: publication of 2 Maps for Better Promotion of the Territory

The Via Francigena in Lombardy has two new maps dedicated to the itinerary in the province of Lodi and Pavia.
This is a new important tool for promoting the area in the framework of the project "La Via Francigena in Lombardy. Towards the UNESCO candidacy”, financed by the Lombardy Region

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