On Monday 13 September the pilgrims traveling to Santa Maria di Leuca and coming from Canterbury, will stop in Velletri, as part of the “Road to Rome”, which aims to relaunch the Via Francigena after the forced pause of the pandemic.
A project that wants to enhance the local beauties and Velletri intends to play a leading role. The pilgrims will be welcomed in Piazza Garibaldi on Monday 13 September, at 15:30, and then accompanied for a visit to the city starting from the Town Hall, where the passage will be canceled to seal the Veliterna stage of the long journey that is leading them to Santa Maria di Leuca.
The delegation, guest of the municipal administration, will leave on the morning of September 14, for Puglia.
“Via Francigena. Road to Rome 2021. Start Again!“Is the name of the great event organized on the occasion of the 20th anniversary of the foundation, which took place on 7 April 2001 in Fidenza (Parma), and the 27th anniversary of the recognition of the Via Francigena as the” Cultural Itinerary of the Council of Europe “, which took place in 1994.
It is intended to be a great moment of celebration, a long relay march, to be covered on foot and by bicycle, along the 3,200km of the Via Francigena. The pilgrim’s staff takes the place of the Olympic torch, to be carried, step by step, along the entire journey.
The march, which AEVF has organized together with its network of partners and friends, is aimed at all those who love the path and live and work on it. It left on 16 June 2021 from Canterbury, km 0 of the Francigena, to arrive in Rome on 10 September 2021 and, on 18 October 2021, in Santa Maria di Leuca, the The end of the earth.
Today the Via Francigena – 148 stages, 5 countries, 16 regions, 637 municipalities – is one of the most attractive European cultural itineraries. The growing number of walkers from all over the world underlines the new trend towards a way of practicing cultural and sustainable tourism that develops intercultural and interreligious dialogue between the walking community and the welcoming communities.
With this event, AEVF has proposed to promote the restart, after the pandemic period, of sustainable, cultural tourism, responsible for the Via Francigena and the paths of Europe, as well as to support the prestigious objective of the candidacy of the Via Francigena as World Heritage UNESCO World Heritage Site.
The initiative aims to raise awareness of the ministries and authorities of the four countries crossed (Italy, Switzerland, France, United Kingdom), regional authorities and religious institutions. “Via Francigena. Road to Rome 2021. Start again! ” it will also make it possible to check the status of the route, highlighting excellence and any shortcomings and proposing improvements, to highlight the individual regional sections. In short, a journey that aims to aggregate and unite the European territories, making the beauties of the Via Francigena known to the world.
“Today we realize, if we consider reality and look carefully at history, that there is something more important than the soldiers and goods passing along the roads; this something is cultures. Here is introduced the Via Francigena which I think can be considered, essentially, a way of cultures ”. “It is necessary that, while keeping originality and diversity alive, we create an active communication between Northern and Southern Europe: the Via Francigena it serves precisely this purpose “. Jacques Le Goff (1924-2014), medieval historian