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European Cultural Routes

"European Cultural Routes" are transnational routes that help tourists discover how Europeans have lived since ancient times. The concept was launched by the Council of Europe in 1987. The Cultural Routes of the Council of Europe are an invitation to travel and to discover the rich and diverse heritage of Europe by bringing people and places together in networks of shared history and heritage. They put into practice the values of the Council of Europe: human rights, cultural diversity, intercultural dialogue and mutual exchanges across borders. Over 30 Cultural Routes of the Council of Europe provide a wealth of leisure and educational activities for all citizens across Europe and beyond and are key resources for responsible tourism and sustainable development. They cover a range of different themes, from architecture and landscape to religious influences, from gastronomy and intangible heritage to the major figures of European art, music and literature.

Unesco Itinerary - Architectural, Pictorial and Sculptural Heritage

This Itinerary linkes some beautiful and extraordinary site that are Unesco heritage. The link with those is the presence of Saint Francis or Franciscans friars.

Music Itinerary

A last virtual route has to do with musical heritage, linking Germany, France and Italy, although research is still ongoing and other countries could join the effort.

Vegetable gardens, Botanic & Pharmacy Itinerary

The friars’ garden is a real ‘mythical place’ in the popular imagination. The friars obtain fruit and vegetables, herbs, flowers, roots and berries from the garden, which they skilfully convert into creams, herbal teas, digestive liqueurs, or drops and ancient medicines for all kinds of ailments.

Itinerary of Literature and Academic Knowledge

The scholar first retraces the history of the problematic relationship of women with writing by reviewing some graphic testimonies of women writers-copyists, both religious and secular, between the 8th and 15th centuries.


Contrary to the traditional stabilitas of monks, the mendicant orders established between the XII and XIII centuries were characterized by a strong inclination towards travel as a means to spread the Gospel.