Dear friends,
yesterday in Venice the Certificate of Recognition of Route of Cultural Interest was physically delivered to our Via Romea Germanica. A very beautiful ceremony, organized by the Italian Presidency of the Council of Europe and the Institute of Cultural Routes of Luxembourg, in the hall of the Ateneo Veneto, near the La Fenice Theater.
Some of the Cultural Routes crossing Italy were present (there are 29 out of 45) who presented their activities and take stock of the situation in this particular historical moment. Luisella Pavan-Woolfe, director of the Council of Europe office in Venice, did the honors.
Julien Vuilleumier, President of the Enlarged Partial Agreement on Cultural Routes of the Council of Europe, delivered to us the Diploma. Together with him, Ambassador Jean-Clude Kugener, president of the European Institute of Cultural Routes, Luxembourg. Also present were the Vatican representative Msgr. Maurizio Bravi and of the Italian Ministry Giuliana De Francesco, two of the over 30 examiners of our request on 8 October 2020.
In addition to presenting a video illustrating the nature, activities and programs of our Via Romea, I brought greetings from the two vice presidents Thomas Dahms and Johannes Aschauer. I especially thanked Stefano Dominioni, director of the Institute, and his staff; I thanked also Msgr. Bravi and Dr. De Francesco, as well as Alberto D’Alessandro, former Director of the Office of the Council of Europe in Venice and our collaborator in drafting the dossier.
A very important result, but one that places us in front of very intense commitments to which we will have to honor. For this we will have to work with determination and harmony to recover these months of stagnation and urgently resume the growth of the Association and our activities. I enclose some photos and the report I presented.
A worm greeting.

Flavio Foietta