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The longest “slow” travel itinerary in Europe

About the project

The SantiaGoToRome project involves developing and promoting the longest “slow” travel itinerary of Europe: about 3,000 km to go on foot and by bicycle, combining the Camino de Santiago and the Via Francigena.

The idea came out of the Italian Association Movimento Lento (“Slow Movement”) that has for many years been committed to the promotion of “slow travel”. We want to tell to the hundreds of thousands people who walk along the Camino de Santiago every year that it is actually possible to travel “against the flow”, towards France and Italy.

What does the project consist of?

A young Movimento Lento’s associate, Sara Pezzuto, will leave on her own on the 20th of March from Muxia, on the Atlantic Ocean, and, after reaching Finisterre and Santiago, she will walk “the wrong way” along the “Camino Francés” to the Pyrenees.

She will take with her about 3,500 adhesive signposts (very much like those which guide walkers and hikers along the Via Francigena) bearing a red arrow and the SantiaGoToRome's logo, that will be placed at the main crossroads along the route. In fact, today the Camino de Santiago is generally marked in only one direction - westwards - which makes it hard to walk in the opposite direction for those who want to go eastwards and to Italy.

We do not expect to carry out a complete and perfect signposting. We just want to tell to the pilgrims that after the Camino de Santiago, they may continue their journey to Rome.

The website and the app

Some adhesive signposts will bear the address of the website www.santiagotorome.org, from where it will be possible to download maps and GPS tracks, and to find itinerary information.

If our crowdfunding campaign succeeds, we will also develop the SantiaGoToRome App - free downloadable both in the version iOS and Android - so to give everybody the chance to easely travel along the whole Santiago-Rome route. For the Italian part, it will be integrated with the official Via Francigena App and will also promote other great European itineraries.

Who is this project meant for?

The main beneficiaries of the project will be those walkers and cyclists who after doing the Camino de Santiago, search for new destinations, and may find in the Via Francigena and the other European routes a logical continuation of their journey.

By promoting the route, the areas crossed by it will benefit from an exponential increase in flow of travelers both national and, above all, international. Tour Operators, hoteliers, travel guides, service providers, local associations and companies will all benefit and act in the success of this project of great cultural, social, and economic value.

The Partners

The project is sponsored by theEuropean Association of Vie Francigene.

An example of the poster-map with the mosaic of faces of the supporters that will be in the background of the SantiaGoToRome map (the present faces are temporary).

What are the funds for?

  • With the first goal of 2000 Euro we will pay for the expenses of the set-up of the 3500 adhesive signposts (purchase of signposts and cost price of installation);
  • With the second goal of additional 3000 Euro (to a total of 5000 Euro) we will publish the SantiaGoToRome app in Italian, with the hiking trail itinerary;
  • With the third goal of additional 3000 Euro (to a total of 8000 Euro) we will translate the App into English, Spanish, and French, and we will publish the bicycle route itinerary up to the Spanish border on the website and the app;
  • If we surpass our third goal, the funds will be used to promote the project through a new trip-event through France, and for promotion on social media.

All the figures include the errand of Ulule of the 8% VAT included.

About the project owner

TheMovimento Lento is a cultural association that promotes "slow travel" as a lifestyle. For years we have used the most advanced technology to rediscover ancient roads, plot new itineraries, and promote slow travel in Italy.

At our head office, the Casa del Movimento Lento in Roppolo (BI), along the Via Francigena in Piedmont, we have created the Scuola del Movimento Lento (Slow Travel School), a program with seminars and courses dedicated to those who travel by foot and by bicycle. 

Through our website, the newsletter and social networks, we reach a community of more than 40,000 people, who share our values and our belief that traveling by foot or by bicycle is the ideal way to see the world and to know ourselves better.

Visit our website: www.movimentolento.it, and the Casa del Movimento Lento (Slow Travel House) website: www.casa.movimentolento.it