The new official guide of the Via Francigena (italian section) has been published in English. It was presented on 10th March in Milan during the Fair “Fa la cosa giusta!.
Here are some reflections on the Via Francigena, “Cultural Route of the Council of Europe“: eighteen hundred kilometers from Canterbury to Rome, then onward to Southern Italy, the Mediterranean and Jerusalem.
It is at this significant time that the first “Official Guide” of the Via Francigena by foot has been published. It is the result of the commitment and cooperation between the European Association of the Vie Francigene, réseau porteur of the Via Francigena (appointed by the Council of Europe for the protection and enhancement route), the Regions of Valle d’ Aosta, Piedmont Lombardy, Emilia – Romagna, Liguria, Tuscany, Lazio and the publisher “Terre di mezzo” of Milan.
“The Guide has been designed and created for those walkers and pilgrims who want to discover the Italian tract of the European Itinerary, from the Great St. Bernard Pass to Rome” -said EAVF President Massimo Tedeschi.
A journey of almost a thousand kilometers through history and Italian landscape, the Via Francigena is a “bridge of cultures”, to quote historian Jacques Le Goff, “between Anglo-Saxon Europe and Latin Europe to the Mediterranean.
The Via Francigena of the third millennia is the way of peace, of tolerance and dialogue between cultures, religions and nations.