The Project: website, publication and institutional path
The website dedicated to the Vie Francigene in the South was created within a wider project promoted by Civita Association together with the Ministry for Cultural Assets and Activities, Finmeccanica and Banco di Napoli, in order to restore the centrality of the Walks.
The aim of the initiative (2008/2009) was to provide a “photograph” of the itineraries of history and pilgrimage in the South of Italy, which people travelled to reach the Sacred Places (first of all, Monte Sant’Angelo) and the harbours of Puglia where they then set sail for the Holy Land.
Transverse itineraries, between Roman pavements (named basolati) of the ancient roads (Via Appia, Via Traiana, Via Prenestina, Via Latina and Via Casilina) and grassy roads (named tratturi), pagan temples, majestic cathedrals and Christian sacred places (Via Micaelica), gentle hill landscapes and rugged mountain transitions.
In addition to the website, a publication has also been created within the project (“Rome-Jerusalem. Along the Vie Francigene in the South”), which is available for download in PDF format at the following links:
A more institutionalised path started in 2011, with the addition of the Puglia Region and of the European Association of the Via Francigena ways (EAVF), réseau porteur of the Via Francigena, as entitled by its mandate by the Council of Europe.
With the Regional Committee Resolution n.1333 of 15 June, 2011, the Puglia Region started a path, which led to the identification of an official route and to its collaboration with the other Regions (Lazio, Campania, Molise and Basilicata). From here arose (on 8 May, 2014) the Coordination of the Francigena Regions in the South.