Via Romea Strata pilgrimage route is one of the most ancient routes that led from the Baltic Sea to Rome: heritage and culture of seven European states with over 3.000 kilometers of beautiful natural sceneries, artistic works, history and culture, today well mapped and georeferenced.
It took determination, passion and an immense amount of work over many years to bring the Romea Strata back to light and to public attention. The traces of the route, along which culture, goods and pilgrims passed throught the history, attracted attention of researchers giving life to a visionary project that has now become a concrete reality.
In order to enhance this pilgrimage route, AERS (Associazione Europea Romea Strata) launched the Pilgrimage Promotion Tour, an event that in three stages over three years (2021 – 2023) will retrace the entire itinerary, offering a unique opportunity to follow a millenary path rich in beauty, nature, art, history, religion and gastronomy.
On 13 May 2021 pilgrims departed from Krakow, Poland, to arrive at the final stop, Aquileia, Friuli Venezia Giulia, Italy – on 28 June, covering a total of 1.100 kilometers across 4 countries. The tour, organized as a relay race, saw the participation of delegations from various countries who travelled with a pilgrim’s stick, writing the travel diary of the Via Romea Strata.
Next year, the delegation will travel the Italian stretch that leads from Aquileia to Rome and, in 2023, the northernmost stretch of the itinerary will be covered, from the Baltic Sea to Krakow.
AERS, created in 2018 by thirty founding members representing four states (Poland, Czech Republic, Austria and Italy), is committed to promote the route, dealing with the preparation of the candidacy to the certification of the Cultural Route of the Council of Europe.
The AERS is part of the rurAllure Consortium, and Romea Strata is involved in the pilot “Thermal heritage on the Ways to Rome”, aimed at offering detours for cultural discoveries along the routes which lead to Rome.