Other pilgrim associations
European Association of the Via Francigena (AEVF)
This is a European Union (Council of Europe) funded Via Francigena organisation. Founded in 2001, it groups together the local governments and municipalities along the route. Its website (both in Italian and English) has ample information on the route and gives an accommodation list. Fidenza-based. President – Massimo Tedeschi.
International Association of the Via Francigena (AVIF)
Founded in 1995 and run by Adelaide Trezzini, this Swiss-based organisation was a power-house behind the re-establishment of the Via Francigena. Its website in English, French, Italian and German has a wealth of information.
Association Via Francigena France (AVFF)
The Rheims-based French Association promotes the route in France. It has a useful route map on its website setting out every stage from Canterbury to Rome. Its members regularly organise trips to Canterbury and it has forged strong links with the CPR.
Dutch Association of Pilgrims to Rome
The group was formed in October 2007. Many Dutch pilgrims cross the Channel expressly to start at Canterbury and the Netherlands constitutes a large proportion of those who walk to Rome. The website is in Dutch.
Amis de la Via Francigena en Belgique
The Belgium VF Association is very active and many Belgians walk the route.
Via Francigena Yahoo Discussion Group
This group is for those who have walked, cycled or ridden, or who are planning to walk, cycle or ride, the Via Francigena from Canterbury to Rome, or any of the old pilgrimage routes to Rome. The group’s aim is to collect and share information about the routes and act as a resource for those who are contemplating the journey.
Italian Confraternity of Saint James
A group devoted to people making a pilgrimage to Rome and which provides a pilgrim hostel in Rome – credential required.
Confraternity of St James (CSJ)
Founded in 1983, the CSJ is dedicated to promoting the Camino to Santiago de Compostela. It has a London office and generously shares its library facilities with the CPR. Its web site contains a wealth of information about the many pilgrim routes to Santiago de Compostela as well as general guidance and advice to pilgrims. It is well worth visiting, especially if this is your first pilgrimage.