The number of members of the European Association of the Via Francigena Ways (EAVF) is ever increasing. During the General Assembly in Bari, which took place on 18 October 2019, accession certificates were given to new municipalities that joined the network.
The General Assembly welcomed the elected representatives of the regions of Campania and Apulia, the representatives of the municipalities of Buonalbergo (Benevento, Campania), Sant’Arcangelo Trimonte (Benevento, Campania), Celle San Vito (Foggia, Apulia), Faeto (Foggia, Apulia), Ordona (Foggia, Apulia), Stornarella (Foggia, Apulia), San Marco in Lamis (Foggia, Apulia), Margherita di Savoia (Barletta-Andria-Trani, Apulia), Trani (Barletta-Andria- Trani, Apulia), Polignano a Mare (Bari, Apulia), Ruvo di Puglia (Bari, Apulia), Molfetta (Bari, Apulia) and Brindisi (Apulia).
The EAVF staff also announced the entry of new friend’s associations: the Most Beautiful Villages of Switzerland (Lugano, Ticino, Switzerland), the Committee Via Francigena del Sud – Corato (Corato, Bari, Apulia) and the association Brindisi e le Antiche Strade (Brindisi, Apulia).
The EAVF General Assembly, this time focused on the ratification of the route of the Via Francigena of the South, was also an occasion for the EAVF honorary public award ceremony. The EAVF president, Massimo Tedeschi, gave an honorary award to Colin Carmichael, Chief Executive of the Canterbury City Council and to Adelaide Trezzini, president of the AIVF – Association Internationale Via Francigena.
The presence of the Leader of Canterbury City Council, Robert Thomas, recalled the 1998 official visit of the Lord Mayor of Canterbury, Denis Linfoot to Fidenza, AEVF headquarters. A souvenir photo of the poster was delivered to the Chief Executive by Massimo Tedeschi together with Maria Pia Bariggi, Councilor for Culture and the Via Francigena of the Municipality of Fidenza.
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