The European Association Romea Strata (Associazione Europea Romea Strata, AERS) was founded with the aim of rediscovering and valorizing the faith, religiousness and culture of the Romea Strata, the ancient pilgrimage route which crossed the regions from the Baltic Sea to Rome,point of union between the East and the West. The Association intends to open up this route to the pilgrims and walkers of the third millennium, enhancing its roots and going beyond the borders that were created in the course of history.
AERS was founded in 2018 by the 30 founding members coming from Poland, Czech Republic, Austria and Italy, tates that are all crossed by the route. The members work together to promote this great pilgrimage route and to create awareness of its historical context, the places of faith and spirituality located along the itinerary, the cultural and religious heritage that characterizes it, and the beauty of the natural landscape through which it winds its way.
The mission of AERS is to enhance the Romea Strata by promoting the knowledge of its archaeological, artistic, architectural, literary and gastronomic heritage, raising awareness on this ancient “way of faith”, and encouraging, through the journey, a culture of gratuitousness, giving and hospitality that can generate and create encounter and fruitful union between different people and cultures.
AERS was born as a prerequisite for the certification “Cultural Itinerary of the Council of Europe”. In 2019, for the 9th Annual Advisory Forum on Cultural Routes, organized by the Council of Europe in Sibiu (Romania), AERS nominated the Romea Strata for the nomination of “Cultural Itinerary of the Council of Europe”, certification that has been previously awarded to the Camino di Santiago, to the Via Francigena and to the St. Olav’s Way.
AERS is committed to follow the objectives and goals set by the European Institute of Cultural Routes (EICR), which are:
AERS works to rediscover the Romea Strata, an ancient pilgrimage route which heads to Rome, making its way through Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Czech Republic, Austria and Italy.
L’obiettivo del Comitato Scientifico di AERS è promuovere la conoscenza delle antiche vie di pellegrinaggio dal Baltico a Roma attraverso studi e ricerche di carattere interdisciplinare.
Oltre a validare l’Itinerario da un punto di vista storico, il desiderio dell’AERS è quello di far emergere la ricchezza di elementi che si sono “stratificati” nel corso della storia lungo queste antiche vie al fine di poter da un lato, partecipare alla diffusione delle conoscenze sul patrimonio culturale e, dall’altro, fornire numerose motivazioni a chiunque voglia avvicinarsi all’esperienza di cammino, come pellegrino, camminatore, turista.
AERS was founded in 2018 by the 30 founding members. New members and partners join the association with the desire of participating in the project.