2024 Training Academy on Cultural Routes of the Council of Europe, Brindisi (Italy) 4-6 June

On 5 June in Brindisi (Italy) Sara Ferrari, Vice Director of the Phoenicians’ Route, participated as speaker in the ‘2024 Training Academy on Cultural Routes of the Council of Europe’, in the session dedicated to ‘European Projects’, sharing the ongoing activities (among them “SMARTIES for SMEs” and “NEXT ROUTES” projects).
100 representatives of 37 CoE-certified Cultural Routes from 22 countries atended the Training.


The European Association of Vie Francigene (AEVF) had the honor of organizing this event, in collaboration with the European Institue of Cultural Routes, which supported this international showcase at a symbolic location on the Via Francigena in southern Italy. The opening ceremony was attended by several dignitaries, including Mayor Giuseppe Marchionna, Director of the Tourism Department and AEVF Vice-President Aldo Patruno, President of ENIT Italian National Tourism Agency Alessandra Priante, Maria Giusi Luprano of the Italian Ministry of Culture, and Stefano Dominioni, Director of the European Cultural Routes Institute in Luxembourg and Executive Secretary of the Enlarged Partial Agreement on Cultural Routes of the Council of Europe.

A valuable opportunity to share best practices and strengthen collaboration between Cultural Routes.

The four-day event also included a rich cultural programme. The international delegation explored the city’s museums, cultural, and archaeological heritage, and walked a short stretch of the Via Francigena. Local gastronomy was highlighted with tastings, street food, and visits to local companies and producers, along with musical shows and artistic performances.

The event was supported by the Apulia Region and the Municipality of Brindisi, in cooperation with the Associazione Brindisi e le Antiche Strade and the European Association of Vie Francigene.