The Via Francigena is a Council of Europe Cultural Route that is part of a group of roads that once led to the main Christian pilgrimage destinations. The town of Fidenza is situated along this historic route, and it bears the traces of this in its thousand-year-old history. History has it that Archbishop of Canterbury Sigeric recorded the stages of his journey while he was going to Rome to visit Pope John XV. Thanks to the protection and promotion carried out by the European Association of the Francigena Ways, those who now decide to walk the Via Francigena will discover charming routes rich in history and local traditions like the amazing section between Fidenza and Fornovo, a 34 kilometres’ walk on the Parma hills.

On 22nd April 2001, thirty-four municipalities situated along the Italian section of the Via Francigena established the European Association of the Francigena Ways to carry out a project aimed at combining religious pilgrimage with quality tourism; the ultimate goal of the association is a sustainable development of the territories which takes into account the protection of the natural and cultural environment and the improvement of business competitiveness. In 2007, the association was awarded the “réseau porteur” recognition by the Council of Europe due to the key role it has played for the Via Francigena over the last decades; this means that the association has been entrusted with the development of the future guidelines of this European cultural route. Today, the Italian section has been traced according to Sigeric’s original route and mapped at a scale of 1:10,000. The maps of the modern route, which can be downloaded from the website of the EAVF, also include new towns that enrich the original list of “submansiones”.

For more information: www.viefrancigene.org

Useful information

If you want to get the  pilgrim passport: Clicca Qui
Accommodation facilities along the route: Clicca Qui
General maps: Clicca Qui
Download the map of the section from Fiorenzuola to Fidenza (PDF format): Clicca Qui
Download the map of the section from Fidenza to Fornovo (PDF format): Clicca Qui

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