Via Francigena

Via Francigena sustainable furniture competition “Francigena in Comune”

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“Francigena in Comune” – a project of the urban regeneration strategy in 6 Municipalities along the historic paths in the Italian province of Piacenza – announces winners of the competition for the design of sustainable furniture for tourists and pilgrims.The award list of the winning design can be found on the dedicated website:

  • 1st place – Pagani Francesco and Tucci Lorenzo, Bologna
  • 2nd place – Viglioli Giulio and Montanari Stefano, Parma
  • 3rd place – Ancient Lavinia, Calcinai Martina and Cosentino Giuseppe, Siena
  • 4th place and special mention – De Matteis Andrea, Civardi Marco and Gaia Mariabeatrice.

“Francigena in Comune” is an innovative pilot project, supported by the Emilia Romagna Region, which provides an opportunity to develop and implement a common urban and territorial design – a “red thread” of shared identity of the Via Francigena. The municipalities of Calendasco, Gragnano, Pontenure, Cadeo, Fiorenzuola and Alseno have united for this project, which could be replicable in other contexts along the Via Francigena.

The award will take place on Thursday, 6 February 2020 at 11:00 at the Catholic University of the Sacred Heart, Piacenza Campus, Council Hall.


11:00 institutional greetings from:

  • prof. Paolo Rizzi, Catholic University,
  • 6 Mayors of municipalities, participating in the project,
  • Marcello Capucci, Emilia Romagna Region.

11.30 presentation of the competition and the award ceremony by Vito Redaelli, SRSARCH project manager of “Francigena in Comune” with participation of the architects Francesco Pagani and Lorenzo Tucci, the winners of the competition. Debates will follow.

This is an innovative pilot project,” – underlines Vito Redaelli, project manager of the strategy from the local administrations, – “the Competition was managed online thanks to the platform of the Architects Order PPC of Bologna where all the projects are published; they are replicable in other contexts along the Via Francigena and are available for those willing to adopt new sustainable design of furniture. The jury awarded 3 prizes and a special mention foreseen by the call, appreciating the quality of the project proposals. The spatial innovation of the winning proposal was particularly appreciated, as it intelligently interpreted the requirements of the announcement in terms of the technicalities, ability to generate dialogue in the community, orientation of the pilgrim in addition to features such as refreshing, drinking, resting and interactive tools.

The jury was chaired by Marco Ferreri, architect and designer, and consisted of members nominated by the Polytechnic University of Milan (Polo di Piacenza), the Order of Architects of Piacenza, the European Association of the Via Francigena Ways, the international magazine “Abitare” and the lead municipality of Pontenure.

The project was supported by the Municipalities and the Region of Emilia Romagna, the European Association of the Via Francigena Ways, the Italian Touring Club, the Catholic University of the Sacred Heart – Polo of Piacenza, the Episcopal Secretariat of Piacenza, the Fiorenzuola in Movimento Association, Radio Francigena, Confocooperative Piacenza, the Order of Architects PPC of the Province of Bologna.