The Francigena of the east is born, the “Path of faith” in Veneto

The Francigena of the east is born, "The Path of faith" in Veneto

Abbey of Santa Augusta of Serravalle (Vittorio Veneto)



The region adheres to the European project of religious itineraries.

Manzato: “This is how we will enhance our history”

The religious tourism network moves 14 million pilgrims annually.

Veneto enters the European offer of itineraries and paths of faith with two itineraries that touch places of prayer, churches, abbeys, sanctuaries, and develop along connecting roads that allow travel by any means, especially on foot, and allow you to rediscover the pleasure of observation and meditation. Veneto, with a series of acts by the Vice President of the Region Franco Manzato, has joined the “Paths of Europe” which include, for Italy, the so-called Via Francigena (from France to the tomb of St. Peter through Tuscany) and the eastern Francigena (to lead pilgrims from the Adriatic ridge to the capital of the Christian faith) The first “made in Veneto” itinerary of faith is the “Via Francigena of the east” with the enhancement of part of the Via Claudia Augusta that affects the provinces of Belluno, Treviso, Padua and Venice with a southerly direction.

“In this way we want to participate with our” cultural landscape “, the itineraries of pilgrims who cross the regional territory and the richness of our tradition of faith in a set of routes that offer new and different opportunities compared to” traditional “tourism, where the movement of people has a strong inner motivation that goes far beyond the usual ones related to the hospitality economy. Years ago, the European Union declared the Via Francigena a “European Cultural Route” giving it, like the Camino de Santiago de Compostela in Spain, a supra-regional dignity. In 2004, an EU-funded international cooperation network was created with the project “The Paths of Europe: Vie Francigene and Camino de Santiago”.

Strengths in the Province of Treviso are the Sanctuary of the Madonna delle Cendrole of Riese Pio X, the Abbey of Santa Maria di Follina, the Abbey of Santa Augusta di Serravalle di Vittorio Veneto, the Sanctuary of the Madonna Grande of Treviso, the Sanctuary Madonna del Caravaggio in Fanzolo di Vedelago, the Sanctuary of the Madonna dei Miracoli in Motta di Livenza, the Church of San Giorgio in San Polo di Piave, the Church of the Templars in Ormelle.

Sanctuary Madonna delle Candorle of Riese Pio X
Sanctuary of the Madonna Grande (Treviso)
The second itinerary is dedicated to the Madonna and concerns the provinces of Verona, Vicenza and Rovigo towards the south. The routes are also linked to traditional festivals such as that of Salute at the Basilica of the same name in Venice (November 21) or that of Sant’Antonio Padova (June 13) with the re-enactment of the “transit” of the Lusitanian friar who celebrates his arrival in the city before death

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