Tuesday, July 16, 2013
B1 ROUTE ALIGNMENT > All | The Via Francigena (or Frankish Route, meaning 'the road coming from France') is one of the oldest pilgrimage routes that reached Rome from Europe, crossing France, Switzerland and Italy. Nowadays the Via Francigena, one of the 29 European Cultural Routes, can be a positive element for the union of European cultures and populations. According to these remarkable credentials in year 2004 the Via Francigena has been declared “Great Cultural Route” by the European Council, together with the Caminos de Santiago. The route has been subject of several programs/projects aimed at enhancing the route regions and its cultural heritage and tending to create a network involving territories of great archaeological, architectural and landscape value that are little known and poorly enjoyed as a tourist attraction. In 2006 Regione Lazio approved the Regional Law n.19/2006 for “provisions for cultural, tourism and environmental enhancing of the Via Francigena”. Specific objectives of the law were: (a) to improve pedestrian safety in stretches of the road particularly dangerous because it coincides with the regional road Cassia, with heavy veicular traffic; (b) to reduce the road infrastructure impact by applying environment-friendly engineering techniques. Lazio Region funds were the major financial sources, that allowed the implementation of pedestrian safety measures in 17 municipalities along the Via Francigena, while for the track alignment identification were also involved the Viterbo and Rome provinces. In December 2006 an interdisciplinary team, formed by different regional departments (Culture, Environment, Tourism, Finance), carried out a research on the Via Francigena. The research's objectives were: • identify the route on the Regional Maps, scale one to ten thousands (1:10.000); • study the pedestrian, bicycle, horse and vehicular routes; • study the historical, artistic, archaeological and environmental monuments to regenerate along the route; • implement actions aimed at promoting cultural tourism and improving facilities along the route. The activity of the team ended with a formal act in October 2007, that establishes the official route of Via Francigena in Lazio region. In autumn 2008 “Sviluppo Lazio” Company delivered to local municipalities a document commissioned by the “Area Valorizzazione del Territorio e del Patrimonio Culturale” of Lazio Region. The document called “Regole Quadro” contains: • a detailed analysis of the route and adjacent areas; • guidelines for the activities aiming at making safe and regenerating the route; • leading recommendations and actions in charge of the municipalities. Now the municipalities crossed by the via Francigena are implementing works on the route, following the “Regole Quadro” guidelines. The number of people walking along the route every year is around 4000, rising to 6000 in 2012.