The places reached by Colombano constitute fundamental elements in the story of his work. After a brief history of his early years Colombanus in his native Ireland, Giona focus his writings on the twenty years spent in Gallia (590-610) and his time traveling toward northen Italy and the conclusion of his life in Bobbio where he died in 615 on the 23rd of November.
There are many places in cities and countries where tradition remembers this extraordinary figure in the names of parishes, stands, chapels, sanctuaries and churches devoted to the Irish Saint whose life was completely consumed in the preaching of the Gospel.
One can say the greatest additional value of the Columban Way in comparison to other historical routes is the contribution to the formation of modern Europe. The integration of the European people beginning from the medioevo thanks to Christianity’s uniting strength developed through the work of the monks and Irish monasticism played a fundamental role. Such work produced a new cultural structure, where ethnic contrasts and differences were cancelled out. The European identity and the common values that still characterize it today: human rights, dialogue, exchange and cultural enrichment were developed.
The Columban Way is today, after fourteen centuries, an animated and important cultural itinerary. The Colomban movement has not only rediscovered it, but from its values can reflect the original meaning of the formation of the European Union and its importance in the modern Europe of today.
On such premise the European Association was born in 2014 with the intent to give life to a new European Cultural Itinerary with the objective of securing such recognition from the Europe Council.