Francigena-Europe-Routes, the Forum in Monteriggioni returns

Our meeting for the “Comuni in Cammino” forum returns to Monteriggioni. The 6th edition planned for Friday 1st and Saturday 2nd February, at the monumental complex of Abbadia Isola, dedicated to the theme “Francigena-Routes-Europe”.

The meeting, organised by the municipality of Monteriggioni, in collaboration with the European Association of Via Francigena Ways (EAVF) and with the support of the region of Tuscany, will be a new occasion to meet the representatives of European Routes and the areas crossed by the route.

The event will enable us to give an update on the candidacy project “Francigena UNESCO Heritage”and of the development of the route, with focus on the small, great municipalities, associations and a comparison of the different regions’ experiences. The European scope of the Francigena and the routes will be shown by the presence of Gabriella Battaini Dragoni, Vice Secretary-General of the Council of Europe, and that of Silvia Costa, Member of the European Parliament.

After the meeting on Friday 1st February, reserved for the EAVF Executive Board, the Forum will officially begin with institutional greetings on Saturday 2nd February at 9:30. Beginning the speeches will be Raffaella Senesi, mayor of Monteriggioni; Stefano Ciuoffo, councillor of Tourism of Tuscany; Monica Barni, vice-president of Tuscany and Massimo Tedeschi, EAVF president.

During the morning meeting, the EAVF vision and collaboration with Trenitalia will be presented, represented by Gianluca Scarpellini, director of the Regional Directorate of Tuscany – Trenitalia Spa.

Various cultural moments will also take place, beginning with the presentation of finalists for the second edition of the literary award dedicated to the Via Francigena “Intanto Parto”, created by Betti Editore. During the forum the “SigericAward will also be given by the municipality of Monteriggioni for the second year running, which awards those who have distinguished themselves in the development and promotion of the Via Francigena.

In the afternoon we give room to the European Festival of the Vie Francigene, with the director Sandro Polci, who will coordinate this section and award the most creative initiatives of the last edition. The forum will be followed by an insert from Radio Francigena.

(Download the poster and programme below)

Press release EAVF/municipality of Monteriggioni

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