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Via Francigena, a year of walking marathons

2018 will be the banner year for marathons along the Italian Via Francigena. Between a strengthened format and some developments, Sigeric's ancient route will welcome thousands of hikers ready to traverse some of the most evocative legs of the route.

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Ebtrance of the Via Francigena in Tuscany

Ebtrance of the Via Francigena in Tuscany

Via Francigena, challenges and projects for the European route

2017 was a year full of important milestones for the Via Francigena. The Cultural route of the council of Europe continues to grow and unite pilgrims headed to Rome, Santiago or Jerusalem. A walking route made up of concrete steps and actions which now looks towards Unesco. 

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Cammini e Percorsi project, the second phase has started

The second phase of the “Cammini E Percorsi project” has started. From the 4th of December 2017 until the 16th of April 2018 it is possible to participate in tenders for the concession/lease for valorization for the 16 properties owned by the Italian State, on line on the Agenzia del Demanio web site.

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A donation to the associations from the Francigena Tuscany Marathon

The Via Francigena is also a path of solidarity. The Association of Social Promotion Amici of the Via Francigena of Pietrasanta has indeed decided to donate the proceeds of the first edition of the Francigena Tuscany Marathon to three associations active in the area.

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Pilgrim hostel inaugurated in San Giovanni Rotondo

The growth of the Southern Francigena continues.  The pilgrim hostel was inaugurated with an info point on the 2nd December in San Giovanni Rotondo, Puglia. 

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European Francigena Marathon: Registration for the 6th edition opens the 10th January

2018 promises to be a year full of marathons on the Italian Via Francigena. From the 10th January 2018 you can register online for the sixth edition of the European Francigena Marathon scheduled for Sunday 27th May 2018.

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Ebtrance of the Via Francigena in Tuscany

Ebtrance of the Via Francigena in Tuscany

The Tuscan Francigena: numbers, routes and projects

The Francigena was introduced for the first time in 1994. The region of Tuscany has developed the enhancement of the stretch located in its area since 2004 and in the past years has continued develop this European cultural route.

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The Via Francigena by train

The combination of sustainable mobility and hiking is being strengthened along the Via Francigena.

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First call for tender of “Cammini e Percorsi” in Italy

The first competition for the Paese-Cammini e Percorsi project has been launched.  To assign 43 public properties in free granting for 9 years, to businesses, cooperatives and associations established under 40 years ago, as projected by the D.L. Turismo e Cultura (D.L. 31.5.2014, n. 83).

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Pilgrims on the Via Francigena

Pilgrims on the Via Francigena

Information on the Via Francigena route now available in Spanish!

Starting in November, the portal of the Vie Fancigene will include another language: Spanish! The legs, routes, accommodation and news useful for the journey are now available in Spanish, to share the information along the European Via Francigena with the "official language" of the Cammino de Santiago.

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The EAVF general assembly on its way to Canterbury

The general assembly of European Association of the Vie Francigene (EAVF) is on its way to Canterbury.  The medieval British town, km zero point of the Via Francigena, has been suggested as the location for the 2019 assembly.  A plan that bears witness to our amicable relationship with Canterbury and Kent, where in 900, archbishop Sigeric began his journey to Rome.   

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Canterbury, the kilometre zero point of the Via Francigena. A project uniting Europe

Canterbury is in. The beautiful medieval city, kilometre zero from the Via Francigena, becomes increasingly more involved in the ancient route of Sigeric.

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« The Via Francigena in France. My experience from Canterbury to Champlitte »

The pilgrimage of Martine Gautheron, vice-president of the European Association of the Vie Francigene, from Canterbury to her French town: Champlitte.  A journey which lasted almost a month and many kilometres, through the English countryside, French villages, and in sight of some of the most celebrated cathedrals of Europe.

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On the Road in Salento

The South Cultural Routes project aims to develop and coordinate work to promote pedestrian and cycle routes, from religious to historical routes, from Green Roads to cycle routes and, in general, to all types of slow mobility.

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Thermal Via Francigena_Meeting in Gambassi Terme

Thermal Via Francigena_Meeting in Gambassi Terme

The specification for the “Spa offer along the Via Francigena” has been launched, for the creation of a thermal bath touristic product along the ancient Via

The Via Francigena spa is an innovative project launched by the region of Tuscany in collaboration with the European Association of the Vie Francigene and the thermal spa communities along the route or within a range of 15km.

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Henning Bechmann on the Via Francigena: from the Great St Bernard Pass to Rome in 20 days

Henning Bechmann, Danish sports expert and marathon, started his last personal business in June

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Great Success of the Francigena Ultramarathon

On Saturday 21st and Sunday 22nd October, 700 trekkers put their best foot forward to take part in the Francigena Ultramarathon, the 4 routes along the Via Francigena between Tuscany and Lazio. 

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From Canterbury to Dover, Charity Walk on the Via Francigena

On 7 October, 2017 the second charity walk in aid of Save the Children took place on the Via Francigena UK (Canterbury to Dover).  The event raised £770 with gift aid for Save the Children, supporting their important work in providing essentials such as food and clothing, as well as education, for many vulnerable children across the world.

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"World Francigena Ultramarathon" 120 km along Sigeric’s ancient route

Everything is ready for the "World Francigena Ultra Marathon" in Siena: the first walker's marathon that touches the most beautiful villages of Tuscany and Lazio.  On Saturday 21st and Sunday 22nd October starting in Siena, it will be a unique experience of 120km to discover the breath-taking views at a slow pace, white roads and trails along the Via Francigena.  

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Acquapendente to Montefiascone Marathon

On the road along the Via Francigena from Acquapendente to Montefiascone with the Australian pilgrim Carol Neville. A journey discovering the "camino" during the "Francigena Marathon" event.

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