The Romea Strata was an important European route, travelled by pilgrims from Central and Eastern Europe on their way to Rome: from the Baltic Sea they crossed Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, the Czech Republic and Austria until they crossed the Alps and entered North East Italy via Tarvisio.
The Romea Strata was a way of faith and culture that took pilgrims through Europe, but above all through themselves.
Before becoming a pilgrimage route, this route was used for many purposes, including trade: amber, salt, iron, silk… passed through here. The human passage also led to the development of culture, through the art and architecture that we encounter today along this route (hospitality, churches, museums, memories…). The route was also travelled by enlightened minds who left their mark on science, such as Copernicus, Kepler and Galileo Galilei, but also by crucial figures who spread Judaism and Protestantism as well as Christianity along this route.
A lifetime would not be enough to travel it all – to know it in all the facets it had over time, to live it in all its “layers”; hence, the origin of the name “strata” which means “road”, but also, and above all, “stratification of history and lives”.