Via Francigena

The Via Francigena, the new edition of the magazine about the European route

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The 44th edition of the “Via Francigena and the European Cultural Routes” is online.

The new edition of the European Association of the Vie Francigena’s (EAVF) magazine was presented on the 27th January during the V International Forum “Comuni in Cammino” in Monteriggioni.

The cover, dedicated to the Tuscan municipality which hosted the important event, introduces the content rich magazine, a journey along the Route of the Council of Europe from a cultural, touristic, and gastronomic perspective.

The magazine opens with an editorial by the EAVF vice-president and Assistant Director of Canterbury City Council, Velia Coffey, dedicated to the 30th anniversary of the Cultural Routes of the Council of Europe programme which was celebrated in Lucca in September 2017. The event, which united 400 participants from over 30 countries, brought the theme of accessibility to the foreground of the event, with the speech of Pietro Scidurlo, president of Free Wheels Omus.

As well as the headline on Monteriggioni with its castles and works of art, the new edition of the magazine explores the identity of Lombardy along the Francigena, from its maintenance work along the route to its accommodation. The third headline of the magazine focuses on one of the most notable pilgrimage destinations in Puglia, San Giovanni Rotondo. The city of Padre Pio, a land of walks and, since December 2017, host of a newly inaugurated pilgrim hostel.

In regards to the places and routes section, Martine Gautheron, EAVF vice-president, narrates her pilgrim experience from Canterbury to Champlitte. The challenge for the future of the European route begins at the km zero point of the Francigena. “We welcome all who come to start their travels here or just to visit” reminds the Leader of Canterbury City Council, Simon Cook.

The pages of the magazine take the reader to Switzerland to discover the development of the route through coordinated activities and promotion put in place by the European Association of the Vie Francigene in collaboration with Aigle Région. The Via Francigena is the synonym of “Sosta e Gusta” in the Parmigiano cheese factories and a spa opportunities. The route is even sustainably accessible through the use of trains thanks to the agreement made between the EAVF and Trenitalia

For more details, all you must do is read the new edition of the magazine. News, information and interviews to be read slowly in three languages: English, French and Italian. Five thousand copies of the magazine have been published by Studio Guidotti, and can be purchased at the online shop; the magazine is also available online for free at