Via Francigena

Piacenza: a Cross Road for the Cultural Routes of the Council of Europe

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Redazione AEVF

On Thursday 5th and Friday 6th April, the managers of over twenty cultural routes will meet in Piacenza, at the headquarters of the Politecnico.


An event organised in collaboration with the municipality of Piacenza and the European Association of the Vie Francigene, the latter’s headquarters can be found in the Palazzo Farnese.

Two days of exchanges and comparison of the management of cultural routes which range from Mozart to Vikings, from the Hanseatic to Phoenix courses, from Hebrew heritage to that of Art Nouveau and thermal historic towns, to pilgrimage routes such as the Via Francigena, the Camino de Santiago and of Saint Olav. A guided visit has been planned to discover the historic, architectural and cultural wonders of the city.

Once again, international attention has been brought to Piacenza thanks to the Francigena becoming ever more important in the fields of sustainable tourism and appreciation of historical and cultural heritage on a local and international level, as well as European; and the municipalities in particular are at the centre of this project.

The territorial interest, on a local and European level, in the programme of Cultural Routes of the Council of Europe is indeed great, and the Francigena is a very active leader in this captivating cultural panorama of Europe.

Piacenza is the chosen headquarters for the European Association of the Vie Francigene. Europe has been built around these pilgrimage routes. Encounters took place along these routes, and languages and cultures were exchanged, as well as hostels and convents being established. Welcome!” assessor of Tourism, Culture, Sport and Family of the municipality of Piacenza. 

1987-2018: over thirty years of the Cultural Routes of the Council of Europe Programme.

In Lucca, September 2017, 30 years of the programme were celebrated with a great international Forum for all those involved. The Council of Europe launched the programme to create routes which give everyone the possibility to learn about historical and cultural heritage in Europe. The main aim of the programme is promotion of the awareness of a common identity and European citizens; another is the promotion of intercultural dialogue through the reading of European history; the safeguarding of cultural heritage and natural and landscape heritage, as well as the creation of sustainable tourism programmes. This began with the Camino de Santiago of Compostela; and today, 32 certified routes exist, such as the Francigena (certified in 1994), which exist in over 50 European countries with over 800 million inhabitants. 


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