Pilgrim route redux
December 1, 2009 7:30 AM Subscribe
The Via Francigena
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) was the pilgrim road leading from Canterbury to Rome and one of the most important routes of communication in the Middle Ages. The Italian government
has this week launched a project to recover the Italian leg of it.
The object of the plan is to recover the entire route (disjointed parts of which are already signposted) “not only in spiritual and religious terms but also in terms of the environment, architecture, culture, history, wine and cuisine and sport.” The initiative was promoted by the regional government of Tuscany, which hosts 400km of the Via, and which presented a plan
(128-page PDF in Italian with maps and pix) detailing the low environmental impact infrastructures to be created. The plan will be shared with other local authorities located along the route as an encouragement to carry out similar recovery work. Tuscany has also announced cooperation with the Opera Romana Pellegrinaggi (ORP)
(link in Italian), the Vatican’s organisation for encouriging and supporting pilgrimages. Modern-day pilgrims can often be seen walking (or sometimes cycling) on the Via Francigena, and are offered hospitality along the way by local parishes.