The records of the convention “Via Francigena, Via of Peace”, held in Fidenza and Piacenza on 28th and 29th April 2016 on the occasion of the 15th anniversary of activity of the European Association of the Vie Francigene, have been published.
It is an interesting document both for academics and for people who are daily involved on the Francigena.
Every year thousands of people from all the continents walk along this great “Cultural itinerary of the Council of Europe”, from Canterbury to Rome, until Santa Maria di Leuca in Puglia region. They are attracted by the beauty and the charm of the locations. The Via Francigena crosses, for the most part of it, so-called “minor” European territories that can be rediscovered through a strong network of local institutions, associations, economic operators, all at the service of pilgrims and walkers.
“The Via Francigena is the daughter of the Council of Europe and of its morals of respect, dialogue, democracy. The family of the Francigena is inclusive and pacific; these are the characteristics that constitute its essence and strength and an example for everyone. In the 86 pages of report of the 74 convention’s speeches you will be able to find the photography of the wonderful experience of our European Association, of the ideas and the projects that it suggests, of the sturdy bonds that it built between people and communities; bonds and mutual respect that remain and grow with time. I thank you all for having accepted to participate to the Convention, suggesting and sharing your ideas.
Our European Association is in continue growth, thanks to the certainty of the territories that adhere and to the people that commit time, energy, passion. We deal with a project destined to continue for a long time and to reach new purposes. I quote the UNESCO candidacy of the Italian segment, for a start, that will see our European Association directly involved side by side with regional and national authorities. We will also talk about this at the next EAVF’s general assembly that will take place on the 5th May 2017 in Pavia and to which you are all invited” said the President Massimo Tedeschi.
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