The International Association Via Francigena (AIVF) is a Swiss non-profit private organisation, founded in Martigny in 1997, with it’s legal base in Blonay-CH.
As of 1.1.2020, it counted 2834 members from 29 countries.
Its main aim is to revive the Via Francigena from Canterbury to Rome, a route that was completely unknown in Switzerland and France until 2000.
In 2001, it received the patronage of the Holy See, the Italian Ministry of Culture, the French Ministry of Culture and Communications, and the Swiss Federal Department of Interior, and also the Rotary International IX Premium Sancti Benedicti in Cesena-Italy.
On 9.12.2004 at Wroclaw (Poland), AIVF President and founder Adelaide Trezzini was awarded a Major Cultural Route diploma from the Council of Europe (CofE) for the Via Francigena (VF).
On 10.10.2020 Agreement signed with AEVF, transferring AIVF activities to AEVF
AIVF has promoted since 1998 the Via Francigena with:
AIVF today supports pilgrims in many ways
All the VF pilgrims would like to express their gratitude to Mrs Virginie Brouillard, coordinator for France until 2014, to the late founding members, Hubert Moulin and Mr Bernard Couchepin and to the early volunteers: Léonard Closuit (who was responsible for saving the amphitheatre in Martigny), Théo Lattion of Liddes, Jacques Gasau (Vaud Rando), Pierre Blondeau-Doubs and CDRP-F (Comités Départementaux Randonnée Pédestre), RP15, Joe Patterson-UK, Giovanni Caselli, Stelvio Mambrini, Paolo Dei (former police chief in the province of Siena), without all of whom the Via Francigena would NEVER have been returned to life