The exhibition “Cultural Routes in Italy: an extraordinary European heritage” celebrates the semester of the Italian Presidency in the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe. This exhibition retraces 29 cultural routes, of the 45 overall, which have headquarters or members in Italy. A journey through time and space that embraces all the Council of Europe Member States thanks to the Cultural Routes Programme, which was launched in 1987.
The exhibition is divided into 29 panels with texts and images which allow to deepen and retrace the routes that cross Europe: centuries-old paths that connect cultures, languages, histories and traditions, acting as a tangible example of a shared and living cultural heritage.
RurAllure partners – the routes of the Via Francigena, Via Romea Germanica, Saint James’ Ways are featured on display together with the Route of Historic Thermal Heritage. The Via Francigena is the first European route based in Italy to be certified in 1994.
Luca Bruschi, EAVF director and Elena Dubinina, EAVF international relations adviser and rurAllure team leader, were welcomed on Friday 10 December at the Council of Europe headquarters by Stefano Dominioni, director of the European Institute of Cultural Routes, to visit the exhibition.
On this occasion, the EAVF representatives were able to share with Stefano Dominioni the future projects of the Via Francigena, rurAllure updates and upcoming General Meeting in Padova on 27 – 28 January 2022.
The exhibition, where the routes Via Francigena panel is in great prominence, was launched on 24 November in Strasbourg in the Palais de l’Europe of the Council of Europe and will travel to the Italian Institute of Strasbourg, Venice office of the Council of Europe and Rome in 2022. During the opening, the Secretary General of the Council of Europe, H.E. Marija PEJČINOVIĆ BURIĆ stressed the importance of promoting cultural routes in Europe.