Thirty-four days of walking to cover the entire Via Francigena, and then continue through the Magna Via Francigena from Palermo to Agrigento, arriving in Ireland along the Dingle Way.
This is the path that Salvatore Liggeri, a 26-year-old of Sicilian origins who has been living for some time in Ponte a Egola, has decided to take to support the Dynamo Camp project and to discover some of the most beautiful routes in our area.
"A few years ago I did the Camino de Santiago, on a trip to Interrail through Europe - explains the young pilgrim -. On that journey I started documenting my days through the Facebook page 'Sharing happiness', where today a community has been created with over 3,000 followers. This visibility allowed me to get in touch with different Tuscan people that care about the promotion of the paths, especially the Via Francigena”.
After having participated in “Vita all'aria aperta”, the event that CarraraFiere dedicates to all outdoor enthusiasts, as well as food and wine and territorial excellences, and to the “Manifesto sull'accoglienza”, the meeting held in Altopascio, he decided to set off again, this time with two other goals.
"First of all, to make all those who doubt the organisation and the signs aware of the Via Francigena, to show that it is a well-organised and feasible route - explains Liggeri -. And then to continue with support for the project 'The journey for Dynamo', to which I dedicated a book (Salvo a Santiago, published in 2019) the proceeds of which are donated entirely to this purpose - he concludes - With this trip I want to bring the message to young people because the Via Francigena is a journey for them too, but above all for families to discover a territory, the history of a place and its culture. It's also for the citizens who welcome those who walk and share with them”.
His departure is scheduled for 5th August from the Great St Bernard Pass and will pass San Miniato around 9th September. The mayor of San Miniato, Simone Giglioli, and Councillor, Elisa Montanelli, greeted Liggeri with an institutional gift this morning to welcome him in the Town Hall and wish him a pleasant journey.
"Seeing a young man who, with so much enthusiasm, decides to promote one of the most beautiful paths we have is a great boost of confidence - explain the two administrators - He is an ambassador of our territory around Europe, with a noble purpose and the vision of a truly modern pilgrim. When he leaves San Miniato in September, we will accompany him for a while to support his cause and his ideas".
Source: press release Comune San Miniato