Our gratitude goes to Hubert Moulin, co-founder of the European VF, who passed away on March 5.
With the support and assistance of FRIENDS and Friends' Associations, the AIVF is increasingly engaged in the improvement of historic pilgrimage routes to Rome, its founding aim in 1997.
This past year has been characterised by the publication of paper and virtual guides.
Nino Guidi has realized the AIVF's dream by following Nikulas' 1154 route (Iceland – Basel – Vevey – Rome 3700 km) in 4 months; Topofrancigena and Dormifrancigena with updates for Switzerland and Italy were greatly appreciated, as was the route to Cesano-Roma. Our president Adelaide met Nino on 2 November 2012 upon his arrival in Rome.
Follow his journey on his blog http://ilcamminoritrovato.blogspot.it (the VF rediscovered).
Be careful not to follow the official VF route when leaving Sarzana: in June 2013, according to pilgrim Anne, the grass was knee-deep in the hills and there were vipers! Follow this alternative with E-book on your iPad.
Thanks to the intervention of the AIVF and messages sent by VF FRIENDS to the City of Rome authorities, the character of the medieval village of Cesano (Nikulas stopover in 1154) has now been preserved and major projects for the whole region (the VF included) are being prepared by the University of Rome-La Sapienza Faculty of Architecture.
The ten years of historical and scientific research carried out by the AIVF is bearing fruit for the VF. The CAI (Italian Alpine Club) has been mandated by a few regions such as Lazio to prepare a detailed inventory of the VF and to provide the upkeep and marking of the trails. For its 150th anniversary, we place all our expectations in the CAI so that the substantial EU Via Francigena funding is not only used for promotional events, as is often the case, but is put towards the improvement and conservation of the route itself, the territory, the monuments, and sites that are closely connected to it, activities that the AIVF solicited since 1997.
· In Switzerland:
NO more contact with the AVFF (Association VF-France) which, we are told, has a habit of working very secretly.
The AIVF provides, upon request, to its members, the Topofrancigena updates and of the official MiBAC route as far as we are informed, but our main sources of information are pilgrims and FRIENDS. The AIVF looks forwards to receiving your info.
It is recommended to everyone who, on foot or by bike, wishes to discover or rediscover a "Switzerland" at the crossroads of international travel around the year 1000.
The E-ToPoDorMi-Francigena is a new AIVF product for modern pilgrims. It comprises an extract from the printed guide with high quality maps prepared on Swissmobile by our Vice President, Jean-Claude Joseph, and produced by Giovanni Caselli, as well as a roadbook and Dormifrancigena list. Thus the e-ToPoDorMi-Francigena Pontarlier - GSB can now be used for the VF-Switzerland on iPads and iPhones.
This volume has already been put into e-book format by the publisher. The AIVF will also be publishing its upcoming historical variants in this form. The ToPoDorMi- Francigena Sarzana-Pietrasanta is already available for 2 €.
COMMITTEE MEMBERS and MEMBERS
To honour his memory, we have dedicated our VF Pontarlier-GSB guide to him.
In addition to her valuable contribution as a German translator, Margot Collins-Fäh, a devout pilgrim who has done the Italian VF with a friend, has generously taken up the torch with great competence.
FRIENDS-pilgrims, 1563 of them (since 1998), come from 26 different countries, including France (500), Holland (200), Switzerland (260) and Australia (increasing). For those who wish to be helpful, please spread the word about the riches of this historical route in the footsteps of Sigeric. Without the pilgrims, the VF would not exist.
Along with the pilgrims, the AIVF would like to express its sincere appreciation to the staff of volunteers, our coordinators, Virginia (assisted by her husband Bernard), Eva, Margot, our excellent English translator Carol, and to Lia, Ugo, and Giancarlo, who help the AIVF carry out its activities as efficiently as possible.
Adelaide Trezzini, AIVF's President (06 85302675 / 06 916507710 firstname.lastname@example.org) when she is in Rome, is always pleased to meet our FRIENDS-pilgrims at their arrival. We need your helpful feedback to go forward! email@example.com