Via Francigena

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Walking with the French Federation of the Via Francigena

EAVF and FFVF are working together to animate and promote the French section of the Via Francigena.

The European Association of Via Francigena ways (EAVF) and the French Federation of the Via Francigena (FFVF) signed a partnership agreement to animate and promote the French section of the route. Such a partnership builds a network between two complementary associations, with the objective of developing together the Via in France (GR®145).

Both associations work at the service of local institutions and pilgrims, providing technical and functional support to the French section of the route. In particular, EAVF and FFVF are already co-working, this year, to prepare the event “Via Francigena Road to Rome 2021. Start again!”, celebrating EAVF’s 20th anniversary. They have also joined forces to promote the book “Francigena, Word of Pilgrims”, created by writer and photographer Céline Anaya Gautier, and to accomplish an itinerant photographic exhibition along the Via Francigena.

The FFVF is composed of over 3,700 volunteers and takes care of coordination between French Pilgrims’ Associations in 39 departments – not only the ones directly on the French section of the Via Francigena. Since 2007, FFVF helps and welcomes walkers-pilgrims on the road of the Via Francigena in the territories of Hauts de France, Grand-Est, Burgundy and Franche-Comté. It also commits to the development and maintenance of connecting routes, to allow walkers-pilgrims to inflow on the VF from their territories: for example, from Ile-de-France, Lorraine, Alsace, Brittany and other regions further South, such as Rhône-Alpes and Provence-Alpes-Cote d’Azur.

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