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Francigena, avviato percorso per la candidatura a Patrimonio mondiale Unesco

FIRENZE – Avviato oggi, venerdì 10 febbraio, il percorso per candidare la Via Francigena italiana alla Lista del Patrimonio Unesco (World Heritage List) con l’impegno delle Regioni.
E’ questo il risultato dell’incontro che si è tenuto oggi pomeriggio a Firenze, presso l’assessorato regionale alla cultura. Oltre alla vicepresidente Monica Barni, titolare della delega alla cultura, e all’assessore al turismo Stefano Ciuoffo, il consigliere regionale toscano delegato Francesco Gazzetti e il direttore di Toscana promozione turistica Alberto Peruzzini, sono intervenuti assessori e rappresentanti competenti delle Regioni coinvolte nel progetto.
Per la Regione Lombardia era presente l’assessore Cristina Cappellini; per la Valle d’Aosta è intervenuta l’assessore Emily Rini, mentre la regione Piemonte era rappresentata dall’assessore Antonella Parigi. In rappresentanza dell’Emilia Romagna è intervenuto Andrea Massari, sindaco del Comune di Fidenza. Lazio e Liguria hanno aderito all’iniziativa.
L’incontro, che avvia di fatto l’iter per la presentazione della candidatura, è servito anche per definire nei dettagli il protocollo comune che stabilisce finalità ed impegni dei vari soggetti coinvolti.
Tra i punti discussi, l’individuazione della Regione Toscana come coordinatore della fase preparatoria alla candidatura, il coinvolgimento di Associazione Europea delle Vie Francigene, l’impegno ad un confronto costante con i Comuni, il MIbact e la Commissione Unesco.
Questa conferma dell’impegno delle regioni a favore dei luoghi, delle comunità e dei camminatori della Via Francigena vuole essere inoltre un invito e una garanzia a tutti i livelli istituzionali a lavorare insieme alla promozione, alla tutela e allo sviluppo di uno dei principali cammini d’Europa.
Il prossimo appuntamento per la firma del protocollo è fissato il 4 marzo a San Miniato nell’ambito della due giorni su “La Francigena e i cammini. L’impronta sostenibile della Toscana”.
 
Fonte: Toscana Notizie, F. Taverniti

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2017 Année internationale du tourisme durable pour le développement

Cinquante ans après la célébration de l’Année internationale du tourisme sur le thème « Le tourisme, passeport pour la paix » (1967) et quinze ans après l’Année internationale de l’écotourisme (2002), les Nations Unies ont proclamé l’année 2017 « Année internationale du tourisme durable pour le développement ».
L’Assemblée générale des Nations Unies a invité l’Organisation mondiale du tourisme (OMT) à « faciliter l’organisation et la célébration de l’Année internationale, en collaboration avec les gouvernements et les organismes compétents des Nations Unies, ainsi qu’avec d’autres organisations internationales ou régionales et les autres parties prenantes concernées ».
L’année 2017 nous offre une occasion exceptionnelle d’explorer et de mettre en avant le potentiel que possède le tourisme comme un secteur permettant de contribuer à créer un monde de prospérité et de bien-être pour tous.

Étant l’un des secteurs socioéconomiques parmi les plus importants et en plus forte expansion de notre époque, le tourisme peut  favoriser la croissance économique, créer des emplois décents et des opportunités commerciales, et aider des millions de personnes  à sortir de la pauvreté et à améliorer leurs conditions de vie.
Grâce à des politiques appropriées, le tourisme peut contribuer à l’égalité des genres, à la préservation des écosystèmes et de la biodiversité ainsi qu’à la protection du patrimoine naturel et culturel, et il offre des solutions aux nombreux défis auxquels le monde est confronté aujourd’hui.

Un tourisme placé sous le signe de l’inclusion et de la participation peut favoriser le dialogue, encourager la compréhension mutuelle et soutenir les efforts pour instaurer une culture de la paix.

PLus d’infos: http://www.tourism4development2017.org/about/

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2017 as the International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development

The United Nations (UN) has declared 2017 as the International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development. This decision comes fifty years after the celebration of the International Tourist Year on Tourism- Passport to Peace (1967) and fifteen years since the International Year of Ecotourism (2002).   The UN General Assembly has invited the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) to “facilitate the organization and implementation of the Year, in collaboration with Governments, relevant organizations of the United Nations System, other international and regional organizations and other relevant stakeholders”.
2017 presents a unique opportunity to explore and highlight tourism’s potential to help transform our world into a place of prosperity and wellbeing for all.

As one of the largest and fastest-growing socio-economic sectors of our times, tourism can stimulate economic growth, create decent jobs and business opportunities, helping millions of people escape poverty and improve their livelihoods.
With the right policies in place, tourism can contribute to gender equality, the preservation of ecosystems and biodiversity, the protection of natural and cultural heritage, and offers solutions to many other pressing challenges our world is facing today.

An inclusive and participatory tourism can spur dialogue, foster mutual understanding and support efforts toward building a culture of peace.

More info: http://www.tourism4development2017.org/about/

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Il 2017 è l’Anno internazionale del turismo sostenibile per lo sviluppo

Le nazioni Unite hanno dichiarato il 2017 Anno Europeo del Turismo Sostenibile per lo Sviluppo. Questa decisione avviene 50 anni dopo le celebrazioni dell’Anno Internazionale del Turismo – Passaporto di Pace (1967) e quindici anni dopo l’Anno Internazionale dell’Ecoturismo (2002).
 
L’Assemblea Generale delle Nazioni Unite ha invitato l’Organizzazione Mondiale del Turismo (UNWTO) a “facilitare lo sviluppo, l’organizzazione e implementazione dell’Anno, in collaborazione con i Governi, le Organizzazioni internazionali in rete con le Nazioni Unite, altre organizzazioni internazionali, nazionali, regionali e altri stakeholders che operano in questo campo.
 
Il 2017 rappresenta una grande opportunità per esplorare e sottolineare il potenziale del turismo come vettore in grado di trasformare il mondo in un luogo di benessere e prosperità per tutti.
Essendo il turismo un settore socio economico del nostro tempo, il turismo può stimolare una crescita economica, opportunità di lavoro e di sviluppo, aiutando milioni di persone ad uscire dalla povertà.

Il turismo può contribuire a sostenere l’uguaglianza, preservare l’ecosistema e la biodiversità, proteggere il patrimonio naturale e culturale. Il turismo può altresì favorire il dialogo interculturale ed essere un vettore di pace.
 
Maggiori info: http://www.tourism4development2017.org/about/
 
 
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Le nouveau site officiel de la Via Francigena

Le nouveau portail consacré à la Via Francigena est en ligne, www.viefrancigene.org, avec de nouveaux graphismes et de nouvelles fonctions technologiques au service de ceux qui marchent ou pédalent. 

« Marchez à travers l’histoire, sur les antiques voies romaines et médiévales. Retrouvez-vous vous-même, redécouvrez la beauté dans la simplicité. Entrez dans le paysage des campagnes anglaises aux plaines françaises, des Alpes suisses aux collines toscanes », ceci est le message de bienvenue qu’offre le nouveau site www.viefrancigene.org, le portail officiel de l’Association Européenne des Vie Francigene, à ceux qui désirent se mettre en chemin de Canterbury à Rome. 

  • Un voyage au cœur de l’Europe. Pour la première fois, ceux qui consultent le site auront une vision globale du parcours, qui porte la marque prestigieuse d’itinéraire culturel du Conseil de l’Europe. Le parcours est donc décrit à partir de la cathédrale de Canterbury, où demeurait l’archevêque Sigéric, qui nous a laissé l’important témoignage d’un itinéraire médiéval pour Rome.
  • Découvrez la Via Francigena. La consultation des diverses sections territoriales est facile et immédiate ; trois sont consacrées respectivement à l’Angleterre, la France et la Suisse. Quatre autres sections sont réservées au parcours en territoire italien, auxquelles s’ajoute la page consacrée à la Via Francigena dans le Sud, de Rome à Brindisi.
  • Les informations utiles. Le site est la source officielle pour toutes les informations utiles à ceux qui veulent se mettre en chemin. Les tracés GPS, le livre de bord, la liste des lieux d’accueil mise à jour, des conseils pour les débutants sont en évidence sur chaque section du parcours ou joignables facilement à travers les pages qui leur sont consacrées.
  • Les cartes « responsive ». Les nouvelles cartes sont téléchargeables aussi sur smartphone ou tablet pour pouvoir être consultées directement durant le parcours sur les dispositifs accessibles à tous.
  • Le vélo. Une attention particulière est portée à ceux qui désirent parcourir la via avec ce moyen. Des tracés de la CycloVia Francigena – parcours entièrement balisé en 2016 – et des conseils utiles aux cyclistes sont en évidence sur le site.
  • Economie vertueuse. La Via Francigena est un puissant instrument de promotion pour les territoires marginaux. Dans le nouveau portail, les activités d’accueil, les tours operators, les associations d’excursion et les fournisseurs de services auront la possibilité de promouvoir leurs organisations et leurs offres à travers des annonces payantes.

Le voyage de la vie. L’expérience du chemin sur la Via Francigena a une valeur ajoutée en plus du respect de toutes les formes de tourisme traditionnel. Le site veut – avec des images à fort impact et des textes qui soulignent la qualité de cette expérience – toucher les cordes sensibles de l’imaginaire du visiteur et l’inciter à passer des suggestions multimédia à l’expérience directe du chemin

Le nouveau site a été réalisé par ItinerAria, expert partner de l’Association Européenne des chemins de la Via Francigena. 

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The new official website of the Via Francigena

The new website dedicated to the Via Francigena is now available at the address www.viefrancigene.org, with a brand new layout and new technological functions at the service of walkers or cyclists.

“Walk through history, on ancient roman and medieval roads. Find yourself, discover the beauty hidden behind simplicity. Enter in the landscape, from the English countryside to the French plains, from the Alps to the hills of Tuscany”. This is the welcoming message offered by the renewed website www.viefrancigene.org, the official website of the European Association of the Vie Francigene, to anyone who wishes to walk down the road from Canterbury to Rome.

  • A journey in the heart of Europe. For the first time, the visitor will be able to have a global vision of the entire path, prestigiously marked as Cultural Itinerary of the Council of Europe. The path is then illustrated, starting from the Canterbury Cathedral, where Sigeric served as archbishop, where it is possible to find the most renowned proof of a medieval itinerary towards Rome.

  • Discover the Via Francigena. The consultation of the different territorial sections, between which there are the ones dedicated to England, France and Switzerland is easy and immediate. Another four sections are dedicated to the path on the Italian territory, to which it has also been added the page of the Via Francigena of the South, from Rome to Brindisi.

  • Useful information. The website is the official source for any useful information for those wishing to start the journey. Gps tracks, roadbook, up-to-date list of accommodation capacity, advice for beginners are highlighted on every section of the path or can be easily reached from dedicated pages.

  • “Responsive” maps. New maps can now be browsed also from your smartphone or tablet, in order to be able to consult them directly along the path on widely spread devices.

  • The bicycle. A particular attention has been aimed towards those who want to travel with this means of transport. Tracks from the CicloVia Francigena – a completely marked path in 2016 – and useful tips for cyclists are highlighted on the website.

  • Virtuous economy. The Via Francigena is a powerful instrument to promote marginal territories. Accommodation businesses, tour operators and excursionist associations will be granted the possibility to promote their own organizations and offers on the new website, with paid advertisement.

 

The journey of a lifetime. The experience of the walk along the Via Francigena has an added value over all the types of traditional tourism. The website is aimed to inspire the imagination of the visitors – with the help of strong-impact images and texts, which underline the quality of this experience – and to tempt them to go from multimedia suggestion to the direct experience of the walk.

 

The new website has been created by ItinerAria, expert partner of the European Association of the Via Francigena ways.

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Il nuovo sito ufficiale della Via Francigena

È on line il nuovo portale dedicato alla Via Francigena, www.viefrancigene.org, con una nuova veste grafica e nuove tecnologiche funzioni al servizio di chi cammina o pedala. 

“Cammina attraverso la storia, su antiche vie romane e medievali. Ripercorri la via dei pellegrini, tra pievi romaniche e maestose abbazie. Ritrova te stesso, riscopri la bellezza nella semplicità. Entra nel paesaggio, dalle campagne inglesi alle pianure francesi, dalle Alpi svizzere alle colline toscane.” questo è il messaggio di benvenuto che offre il rinnovato sito www.viefrancigene.org, il portale ufficiale dell’Associazione Europea delle Vie Francigene, a chi desidera mettersi in cammino da Canterbury a Roma. 

  • Un viaggio nel cuore dell’Europa. Per la prima volta, chi consulta il sito, avrà una visione globale dell’intero percorso, che porta il prestigioso marchio di Itinerario culturale del Consiglio d’Europa. Il percorso è dunque descritto a partire dalla cattedrale di Canterbury, dove fu arcivescovo Sigerico, che ci ha lasciato la più autorevole testimonianza di un itinerario medievale per Roma.
  • Scopri la Via Francigena. Facile e immediata la consultazione delle varie sezioni territoriali, di cui tre dedicate rispettivamente a Inghilterra, Francia e Svizzera. Al percorso in territorio italiano sono riservate altre quattro sezioni, a cui si aggiunge la pagina dedicata alla Via Francigena del Sud, da Roma a Brindisi.
  • Le informazioni utili. Il sito è la fonte ufficiale per tutte le informazioni utili a chi vuole mettersi in viaggio. Tracce gps, roadbook, elenco della ricettività aggiornata, consigli per i principianti sono in evidenza su ciascuna sezione del percorso, o raggiungibili facilmente attraverso pagine dedicate.
  • Mappe “responsive. Le nuove mappe sono navigabili anche su smartphone o tablet, per poter essere consultate direttamente sul percorso, su dispositivi accessibili a tutti.
  • La bicicletta. Particolare attenzione è rivolta a chi desidera percorrere la via con questo mezzo. Tracce della CicloVia Francigena – percorso interamente segnato nel 2016 – e consigli utili ai ciclisti sono in evidenza sul sito.
  • Economia virtuosa. La Via Francigena è un potente strumento di promozione per i territori marginali. Nel nuovo portale, le attività ricettive, i tour operator e le associazioni escursionistiche, i fornitori di servizi, avranno la possibilità di promuovere le loro organizzazioni e le loro offerte, tramite annunci a pagamento.

Il viaggio della vita. L’esperienza del cammino sulla Via Francigena ha un valore aggiunto in più rispetto a tutte le forme di turismo tradizionale. Il sito vuole – con immagini ad alto impatto e testi che sottolineano la qualità di questa esperienza – toccare corde profonde nell’immaginario del visitatore, e invogliarlo a passare dalle suggestioni multimediali all’esperienza diretta del cammino

Il nuovo sito è stato realizzato da ItinerAria, expert partner dell’Associazione Europea delle Vie Francigene. 

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“Our Last Day in Rome”. Il racconto di Carol Neville

La Via Francigena da Canterbury a Roma. L’ultmo giorno di viaggio del cammino sulla Via Francigena di Carol Neville, dall’Australia.Carol ed il marito sono partiti da Sidney per venire a conoscere e scoprire la Via Francigena, partendo da Canterbury. L’arrivo a Roma, presso la Basilica di San Pietro, rimane un ricordo indelebile del loro viaggio.

In allegato il resoconto (in inglese)

 

 

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« Our last day in Rome». Le recit de Carol Neville

La Via Francigena de Canterbury à Rome. Le dernier jour de voyage sur la Via Francigena de l’australienne, Carol Neville. Carol et son mari sont partis de Sidney pour connaître et découvrir la Via Francigena, en partant de Canterbury. L’arrivée à Rome, à la Basilique Saint-Pierre, reste un souvenir indélébile de leur voyage.

Ci-joint leur récit (en anglais).

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The Via Francigena from Canterbury to Rome. Our Last Day in Rome. By Carol Neville

On 16th October last year, we found ourselves part of a crowd of around 80 000 people in St Peter’s Basilica Square, Rome.

The final day of our Via Francigena was spent attending a Papal Mass celebrating the canonization of seven saints. This was a special occasion for us because it marked the end of several journeys.

The first was the end of the pilgrimage we had made from Canterbury to Rome. We had spent one month lost in the world of Sigeric the Serious. In 990 AD, he travelled to Rome to receive his Archbishop pallium from Pope John XV. It amazes me that the path he took in the Dark Ages is being rediscovered in today’s world!

But more importantly, during this Mass, my husband bid farewell to his mother who was dying in Sydney, surrounded by family. By mobile phone Paul said goodbye to his mother and then she and his family listened to the angelic music of the choir on speakerphone. She passed away just before communion.

We had taken communion to her every Sunday of her last year. So, we both felt that she had received communion with us one last time at this Papal Mass.

Finally, it was time to bid farewell to all the amazing Holy Doors that we had entered throughout the pilgrimage and fly home to Sydney in the evening.

Holy Doors in the Jubilee Year of Mercy

In this Jubilee year of Mercy, Pope Francis decreed that Holy Doors be opened in all places of worship so that the faithful may enter and receive the merciful forgiveness of the loving Father. Within the narrow confines of our own Parish in Sydney this did not seem all that extraordinary. But, travelling as we did from Canterbury, through France, Switzerland, Italy and finally Rome, the full extent of this gesture was overwhelming.

We passed through numerous Holy Doors on our journey and every one was unique. Although each Holy Door was decorated differently, they all displayed the same image of the loving Father with the message ‘Misericordes Sicut Pater’.

We really appreciated the Holy Doors in places with large tourist populations like Pisa, Siena, Florence, and Rome. This is because the ‘Porta Sancta’ had a separate entrance for ‘pilgrims’ and those who wanted to pray away from the tourist crowds.

I will certainly miss the Holy Doors when re-visiting these famous places of worship. But what made them so special is what we found once we entered the sacred space. This was the essence of our pilgrimage!

 

Our First Day at Canterbury Cathedral

From the outset, our pilgrimage was marked by mystery and surprise. I think of our first Holy Door as being the Christ Church Gate at the entrance to Canterbury Cathedral. We certainly felt like pilgrims with Christ in glory surrounded by his angels beaming down at us.

Entering the Cathedral we had our first surprise. I noticed there was a pilgrim Mass in the Crypt. So, in the first moments of our pilgrimage there we were in a Catholic Mass, receiving Communion and singing Soul of my Saviour!

We also encountered our first saint here because Thomas Becket had been buried in this Crypt. The pilgrims turned out to be parishioners visiting with their Parish Priest, but they were very welcoming and let us join their guided tour.

Later, we discovered a Via Francigena display near a Cathedral tour guide window. Here we obtained our Via Francigena Pilgrim’s Credentials and felt very proud to receive our first stamp. Gazing at the milestone marking the beginning of the Via Francigena, we eagerly anticipated the path that lay before us.

Feeling like a pilgrim on the Via Francigena

Time restraints meant we could not follow in Sigeric’s footsteps throughout France. So, heading south from Calais, we stopped at Amiens Cathedral and Besançon.

At the beginning of our pilgrimage, especially in France, I kept thinking about what it must have felt like to be a medieval pilgrim walking towards a massive Gothic Cathedral standing tall on the horizon.

The brightly coloured sculptures were there to warn the pilgrims about ‘The Last Judgement’ by using fearful images of the tortures awaiting them in hell. Then, entering through the ‘Holy Door’ and the darkness of the west end, the pilgrim processed to the light at the east and salvation.

I had this feeling every time we entered a ‘Holy door’ and visited all the shrines in the Basilicas, Cathedrals and village churches along the Via Francigena.

Although Amiens Cathedral is not a Via Francigena destination, I still felt so much like a pilgrim as we sat watching its famous west end sculptures lit by laser light in their original colours. Then, walking with the crowd towards the three famous Portals I stood beneath Christ the Judge, separating the good from the bad. As a result, I had a real sense of the fear instilled in the pilgrim at the sight of the bad being shoved into the mouth of hell.

Entering the Holy Door the next day I was eager to see all the marvels in the Cathedral. But, lost in the big labyrinth on the floor, I missed out on seeing all the amazing features of the apse because a funeral had begun and we were sent away.

One purpose of the labyrinth in Gothic Cathedrals was to warn the pilgrim about the complexity of the human path towards salvation. Well, this message followed me everywhere in my pilgrimage. There were many times when I knew for certain that the path to salvation is not straightforward.

In today’s world our paths to salvation are not based on fear as in medieval days, but on our pilgrimage, we did experience the complexity of the path. No matter how determined I was to arrive at a particular destination, the more it seemed to evade us. It was as if unseen hands were directing us to where we needed to be to learn a particular lesson.

Mid-way through our journey at the Abbey of St Maurice in Switzerland, I was feeling frustrated; there were places we had missed and I wanted to go back and see them. A fellow pilgrim who had started his pilgrimage by bicycle in Montreux looked at me sternly and said, ‘Why go backwards, when the way forward to Rome, is so much better!’

It struck me that I stop myself going forward by ruminating too much on past hurts due to my inability to forgive. This realization led me through the labyrinth a little closer to my final destination, Rome, and hopefully forgiveness.

The complexity of the labyrinth followed us everywhere. Throughout Italy there were many more frustrating moments when we could not find places, or, on arriving, found them shut for siesta. So I became philosophical about this and looked for the message I was being given.

For instance, in Asti, while the main Cathedral was closed till 4 pm, at the Collegiate Church of San Secondo we entered the Holy Door to discover a Mass in progress. Then we visited the ancient crypt dating from 6th century where San Secondo was martyred and buried.

We discovered that the ancestors of Pope Francis are from Asti and that his parents and grandparents migrated to Buenos Aires in 1929. Also, the Pope’s father was born in Turin, very near Asti. So we went to Turin, and I have to say, entering the Holy Door of the Cathedral of Turin and praying at the Royal Tribune where the Shroud is kept, was deeply moving.

Entering the Holy Door of the Duomo of Piacenza is another place where we attended a Mass celebrated right next to the tomb of Blessed Giovanni Battista Scalabrini. I think this saint helped me to be less judgmental about the way my mother nursed the elderly and dying in a Scalabrini aged care facility until she was 84 years old.

The saint cared for Italian migrants and established the modern-day Scalabrinian order. I felt sure he is still interceding on behalf of the refugees in the camp we saw at Calais.

Experiences of this nature were the essence of our pilgrimage right up to the extraordinary set of circumstances that led to our attendance at the Papal Mass marking the end of our pilgrimage. I must say that I kept feeling sad that the Holy Doors would close in November and was hoping the Holy Father might change his mind and keep them open.

But I noticed, passing through the Holy Door in Pisa, that there was a sign above the door with the words ‘Porta Sancta’ telling me that Holy Doors never close. They have always been there and always will be!

The Holy Father, in his wisdom, is using the powerful symbol of a ‘door’ to invite everyone to enter and experience the power of God’s forgiveness and mercy and enter a door that never closes.

 

Carol Neville