Via Francigena


Guide on EU funding for the tourism sector (2014-2020)

Guide on EU funding for the tourism sector in the framework of the European policies 2014-2020.

As the third largest EU economic sector, tourism has a wide-ranging impact on economic growth, employment and social development. The European Commission is therefore constantly working on the development of new tools and services contributing to boost the competitiveness of the European tourism sector.

It takes a lot of people and businesses to offer tourist services: advertisers, travel agents, tour operators, transporters, hotels, restaurants and attraction managers, …, who often have different needs.

There are therefore many EU programmes of potential interest for the sector. The new Multi-Annual Financial Framework for 2014-2020 brings simplification at various levels: merger of EU funding programmes for easier access to information, harmonisation of application procedures, etc. Gathering and digesting information about all these thematic programmes remain however a challenge for hard-pressed private and public entities involved in tourism.

A specific guide was therefore necessary. Building on the Info Day organised earlier in 2014, the “Guide on EU funding for the tourism sector (2014-2020)”  focuses on practical questions: type of tourism-related actions eligible for funding; type and level of funding; who can apply and how to apply. It also points at concrete examples of what has been funded under previous programmes, as a possible source of inspiration. The guide will be periodically updated.

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Promote the Via Francigena route and the towns, heritage, culture and people in Canterbury

Just a few words about Canterbury and the opportunities related to the promotion of the Via Francigena  with Mrs Jean Law, Deputy Leader, Canterbury City Council

Canterbury is a city with a rich past demonstrated by the many historic buildings in our centre and includes Canterbury Cathedral which has been there for over 1400 years and the medieval Westgate which has been in use since 1349 and is the largest surviving city gate in England. We are proud hosts of the zero stone that marks the beginning (or end depending upon where one starts!) of the Via Francigena. The vibrant present is exemplified by the construction of the new Marlowe theatre – a contemporary building that compliments the bold building projects of historic times. Canterbury’s promising future is reflected in the ongoing growth of the local economy – especially in the higher education sector. And over the next couple of years the city council will have invested more to improve and enhance the city’s public realm and facilities through the restoration and improvement of the riverside and the Westgate Garden Park. These attractions are valued by both our community and visitors alike.

The visitor economy is important to all of our municipal area and is supporting over 8,000 jobs. With nearly seven million visitors; tourism contributes more than £459m (565m euros) to the local economy each year. The city council is supporting and developing the visitor economy and tourism offer by improving the services and facilites for the community, visitors and businesses both financially and socially. And we are growing the visitor economy in a sustainable way.

We are promoting the area as an all year around destination – we are more than a place just for summer visits. We use the Canterbury brand to encourage visitors to explore all we have to offer throughout the year and throughout the area – our coast, countryside and city.

And so, the opportunity to participate in work to promote the Via Francigena route and the towns, heritage, culture and people along its way not only helps Canterbury grow its economy. It also promotes understanding and enrichment beyond our religious, societal and national differences. Telling history through the fascinating stories of Europe’s past is really one of the best ways of teaching history and of showing that Europe is indeed created from all its differences, from exchanges, from travel and “crossing paths“.


Canterbury e la Via Francigena

In allegato il discorso tenuto da Velia Coffey, Vice Direttore del Canterbury City Council (membro dell’AEVF dal 2005) in occasione del convegno svoltosi a Roma lo scorso 8 novembre preso l’Abbazia delle Tre Fontane. Velia Coffey ha messo in evidenza le connessioni tra le diverse esperienze sulla Via Francigena e l’importanza che essa ha per la città di Canterbury. .



Canterbury and the Via Francigena

Speech of Velia Coffey, Deputy Chief Executive Canterbury City Council (member of the EAVF since 2005) on the occasion of the meeting in Rome that took place on 8 november, at Abbazia delle Tre Fontane. Velia Coffey have spoken about Canterbury’s connection with and experience of the Via Francigena and its importance to Canterbury and beyond.

Canterbury City Council is actively working to improve the awareness and understanding of the Via Francigena, as well as its significance and potential to enhance Europe’s cultural heritage and tourism offer.

Although only 30 kilometres of the route are in the United Kingdom, and just 10 kilometres in the Canterbury area, we nevertheless recognise our city’s significance as the both start and finish of Sigeric’s route, and its status as a designated Cultural Route of the Council of Europe.

Cultural tourism has become a source of social and economic development all over the world and our route must tap in on this great potential and this popularity, to offer authentic, sustainable, enjoyable leisure time to visitors, while bringing satisfaction and pride to the populations involved and encouraging their participation.

The local effort we have taken to play our part includes:

Signposting the route – we worked with the region (Kent County Council) to signpost the walking route from the zero stone in Canterbury cathedral to the town of Dover at the coast.

Improving Canterbury council’s visitor information service – to better welcome Via, Camino and other pilgrims and visitors to our historic city and surroundings. Visitor information services are now provided at our renowned Beaney House of Art and Knowledge in the centre of Canterbury. We can help visitors enjoy a better experience in the city by providing itineraries that take in all the major heritage sights and attractions in the city and the surrounding towns and villages. We also work closely with cathedral staff to ensure that those needing a spiritual welcome receive that too. We have launched our Visit Canterbury website and app.

Hosting a special event to mark the final stage of the Via Francigena programme in the Per Viam cultural routes project, 2012. With the help of Kent Ramblers, we organised a special walk along the Via, welcomed the local community to a presentation at the Beaney and set up a special information point at the annual Canterbury food and drink festival.

We are making regular contributions to the EAVF’s magazine and are helping to encourage operators to develop tourism packages relating to the Via and other pilgrims routes

We are working with the Visit Kent and the Green Pilgrimage Network at a local and international level to improve signage, accommodation and information for pilgrims and visitors.

Last but not least we are proud to collaborate with Alessandro Barelli and his colleagues to produce the Francigena Opera Omnia Canterbury volume and DVD. The work was completed and presented, with much acclaim at Canterbury’s Guildhall and was attended by representatives of Montefiascone Lions Club, the Dean of Canterbury Cathedral, as well as the Lord Mayor and Chief Executive of the council. We also received letters of support from the Regione Lazio and Provincia di Viterbo. The book sales are steady and are enjoyed by many of our visitors.

Over the coming months and years we are looking forward to helping both Historia and the European Association of the Via Francigena in further projects to improve the awareness and understanding of the Via and its social, cultural and economic potential.



Amministrazione comunale ed operatori a Monteriggioni, insieme per la Francigena

Si è svolto nei giorni scorsi un incontro per tracciare insieme il futuro del territorio di Monteriggioni, organizzato dall’ amministrazione comunale con gli operatori turistici del territorio.

Presso il complesso monumentale di Abbadia Isola sono state discusse le linee strategiche, progetti, proposte concrete sottoposti al vaglio degli esercenti e dei titolari delle attività del comune. Diversi i temi toccati durante l’incontro: dalla sistemazione della cartellonistica alla collocazione di nuovi punti di accesso per le biciclette elettriche, passando per la programmazione degli eventi culturali per il 2015, fino alla manutenzione e ai parcheggi.

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Comitato Europeo di Coordinamento Tecnico Interregionale della Via Francigena, si svolge a Reims il prossimo incontro

Si svolge a Reims, venerdi 12 dicembre, il prossimo incontro del Comitato Europeo di Coordinamento Tecnico Interregionale della Via Francigena (18 regioni coinvolte). E’ possibile condividere i lavori di avanzamento del progetto, attività, documenti e incontri fin qui svolti attraverso la nuova pagina web.

L’Associazione Europea delle Vie Francigene (AEVF) ha incoraggiato a partire dal 2012, nell’ambito del progetto europeo “PER VIAM” e insieme con Regione Toscana e Région Champagne Ardenne, un percorso di dialogo coordinato su scala europea tra le 14 regioni europee dell’itinerario culturale del Consiglio d’Europa della Via Francigena, Canterbury – Roma (Kent; Nord-Pas-de-Calais; Picardie; Champagne-Ardenne; Franche-Comté; Vaud; Vallese; Valle d’Aosta; Piemonte; Lombardia; Emilia-Romagna; Liguria; Toscana; Lazio), integrando altresì le 4 Regioni italiane a sud di Roma (Campania; Molise; Basilicata; Puglia) ai fini della candidatura all’estensione della certificazione Itinerario culturale del Consiglio d’Europa anche per il tratto Roma – Puglia (verso Gerusalemme).

Obiettivo del CECTI e i principali passi intrapresi.
Il Comitato intende facilitare azioni coordinate ed efficaci di sviluppo dell’itinerario nei singoli territori, attraverso un approccio comune a livello europeo, lo scambio di buone pratiche, il raggiungimento di soluzioni condivise riguardanti la messa in sicurezza del percorso, la segnaletica, l’accoglienza e l’ospitalità, eventi congiunti, informazione e comunicazione coordinate, che costituiranno il Master Plan Europeo della Via Francigena e che assicureranno  quella continuità transnazionale necessaria per il mantenimento della menzione di itinerario culturale del Consiglio d’Europa.

Un Protocollo di Intenti tra le Regioni Europee della Via Francigena è stato accordato tra le regioni europee in occasione delle prime due riunioni interregionali, svoltesi a Firenze (IT), il 18 maggio 2012, e a Châlons-en-Champagne (FR), il 24-25 gennaio 2013. Tale Protocollo delinea gli assi di cooperazione principali tra le regioni europee per la completa fruibilità della Via Francigena.

Il Comitato europeo di Coordinamento Tecnico Interregionale (CECTI), creato di conseguenza, è composto da uno o due delegati di ciascuna Regione che abbia aderito al Protocollo di Intenti interregionale. Il CECTI si riunisce due volte l’anno.

La riunione di Foggia (IT), del 18 ottobre 2013, ha dato l’avvio ai lavori del Comitato, mentre le riunioni di Bruxelles (BE), del 13 dicembre 2013 e di Milano (IT) del 27 giugno 2014, hanno delineato il Piano di Attività 2014 e stabilito il metodo di lavoro per la sua realizzazione, attraverso tre gruppi di lavoro tematici sul Percorso, Ricettività e Servizi, Comunicazione e Promozione.
Il comitato si riunisce due volte all’anno.

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European Committee for Technical Interregional Coordination of the Via Francigena. Next meeting in Reims

The next meeting of the European Committee for Technical Interregional Coordination of the Via Francigena will take place in Reims, on Friday 12 December.  A new page focused on this Committee and related activities, programmes, documents and meetings is available on the EAVF website

In 2012 in the framework of the European project “PER VIAM” the European Association of the Vie Francigene (EAVF) in cooperation with Tuscany Region and Champagne-Ardenne Region started fostering a coordinated dialogue on a European scale among the 14 European regions of the Council of Europe cultural route of the Via Francigena, from Canterbury to Rome (Kent; Nord-Pas-de-Calais; Picardy; Champagne-Ardenne; Franche-Comté; Vaud; Valais; Aosta Valley; Piedmont; Lombardy; Emilia-Romagna; Liguria; Tuscany; Lazio). Moreover the 4 Italian regions south of Rome (Campania; Molise; Basilicata; Puglia) were also included in this process, in view of the  application for the extension of the Council of Europe certification to the section Rome-Apulia (towards Jerusalem).

Objectives of the ECTIC and main steps undertaken. The Committee aims to facilitate coordinated and effective actions for the development of the route in each territory through a common European approach, the exchange of good practices, the achievement of shared solutions about the implementation of safety measures, the signage, hospitality and accommodation, joint events, coordinated information and communication, which will constitute the Euro Master Plan of the Via Francigena while assuring the transnational continuity necessary to keep the Council of Europe cultural route mention.

A Memorandum of Understanding among the European Regions of the Via Francigena was agreed  on the occasion of two interregional meetings, which took place in Florence (IT), in May 18th 2012 and in Châlons-en-Champagne (FR) in January 24th 2013. This Memorandum delineates the main axes of cooperation among the European regions for the full accessibility of the Via Francigena.

The European Committee for Technical Interregional Coordination was consequently created and it is comprised of one or two delegates of each Region that subscribed to the Interregional Memorandum of Understanding.

The meeting in Foggia (IT) in October 18th 2013 kicked off the works of the Committee, while the meetings in Brussels (BE) in December 13th 2013 and in Milan (IT) in June 27th 2014 outlined the Action Plan 2014 and established the working methodology for its realization, by means of three thematic working groups on Path, Accommodation and Services, Communication and Promotion.

Il prossimo incontro è previsto a Reims, il 13 dicembre, in occasione della presentazione della rivista “Via Francigena and the Pilgrimage Ways”.

E’ possibile trovare maggiori informazioni sulla piattaforma online all’interno del sito AEVF, il quale raccoglie documentazione, piano delle attività, protocollo di intenti e sintesi dei lavori fin qui svolti

The ECTIC convene twice a year.
More information on the EAVF Committee webpage