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The via ‘’ Francigena’’ of Sicily
All you need to know about the Association’’ Amici Dei Cammini Francigeni Di Sicilia’’ and how to participate in the walks of Sicily.
‘’Wasn't the Via Francigena located in the Tuscany ?
‘’Vie Francigene ? is it similar to ‘The Walk of Santiago’ (il Cammino Di Santiago) ?
Is it the type of walk that involves the experience of boar celebrations ?
Well these are the common phrases we hear everytime we move around Sicily trying to talk about ‘’Via Francigena’’ and explain the importance of this project, birthed by a group of friends who shared together a similar scouting experience, the passion for the Cammino Santiago and the Via Francigena, the desire to walk on home soil and the willingness to rediscover the buried 700 years of story.
We’re a small ONLUS association of walkers, studious and researchers founded in 2009 based on the spirit of sharing after series of walks in Italy and abroad, we pawn ourselves to retrace and travel through the historical routes of Sicily in bikes, on foot, or on donkeys if you own one. This system has been existence for centuries and has been walked on by Greeks, Romans, Byzantines, Muslims and Normandy Knights.
These are the latest additions to follow up the Normandy Gran Conte Ruggiero in 1060, to regain control of the saracenic ‘’Siqilliyya’’ reinstating the christian cult, edifying abbeys, monasteries, church-forts thus and introducing european culture in the south of Sicily, songs of poets, heroic achievements of paladins that are still known to date.
They’re based in palermo and Messina and control all the territory dividing it into churches. thanks to the real precisional cross outs we have, it’s recorded the mention of ‘’Viam Francigenam’’ also for Sicily.
The ‘’SiculiViandanti’’, or better still our partners re-track traces of this system of the ‘’Via’’ that has permitted the free and easy movement in our region through the plains and valleys towards the embarkation of Italy, Europe or ‘’La Terra Santa’’.
Confronting informations, observing the traces on the land with the presence of archeologists and architects, we try to walk on these paths respecting history and the past and at the same time very attentive to avoid as much as possible asphalt routes.
We were more than able to create a point of system of routes that are union points for the Francigena Routes
- The via connecting Palermo to Agrigento known as ‘’Magna Via Francigena.
- The Via from Palermo that goes to Messina (lungo le Madonie) and Nebrodi known as ‘’Via Francigena le Montagne’’ and her most antique sister who traveled ‘’La Marina’’, through the Northern Coast which today is impossible to reach on foot.
- The via from Agrigento (lungo la greca selinuntina) which goes all the way to Mazara dello Vallo and from there climb towards
Marsala then connects the direction to Palermo and this is known as ‘’Via Francigena Mazarense:
- The via that connects Agrigento to Gela (lungo la selinuntina) and from there points towards Lentini and to reclimb the The Simeto Valley, The mount Etna and finally arrive to the abbey of Maniace in Randazzo. And this is known as ‘’Francigena Fabaria’’
It’s a system with over 900 km traceable and secondary routes which makes it possible to walk in places mostly far and untouristy yet rich with traditions, culture, good food, great friendly smiles where reception is guaranteed either by conventional facilities or communal accommodations setup for ‘’Pilgrims’’.
Sleeping bags, mattresses, walking sticks, essential light backpacks, cushy shoes and water-resistant, a credential with the walking stamps and a light heart. Little is needed to walk a long dream.
Contacts for more info and curiosity :
Davide Comunale, 392.4531430 –referente ricerca, cartografia e mappatura
Irene Marraffa, 329.6214959 – referente accoglienza e alloggi
Gregorio Chiarenza, 335.6318247 – referente cammini e guida.
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