Origin of the project

Via Querinissima, from myth to history” is an international non-profit cultural association that was formally established in June 2022, after a long process that began some ten years ago with a bilateral friendship agreement between the Municipality of Røst (Norway) and the Municipality of Sandrigo (Vicenza, Italy), which was followed by a bilateral agreement for cultural and economic cooperation between the Region of Nordland (Norway) and the Veneto Region (Italy).

The starting point for this dialogue, which was gradually extended over time to other European countries, was the voyage of Venetian nobleman and merchant Pietro Querini, who was shipwrecked and returned home unhoped for, in a rather fortunate manner, between the Mediterranean and the North Seas between 1431 and 1432.

Via Querinissima from myth to history

Via Querinissima aims to trace the route travelled by Pietro Querini by sea and land to promote a slow, conscious, sustainable, food and wine cultural tourism and aims to obtain Council of Europe certification as an international cultural route in 2023.

Potential of the route

Via Querinissima crosses many itineraries already recognised by the Council of Europe as well as being the first itinerary with a sea route.

Obtaining the ‘Council of Europe Cultural Route’ certification is a guarantee of excellence.
The networks carry out innovative activities and projects within the framework of five priority fields of action: cooperation in research and development; enhancement of memory, history and European heritage; cultural and educational exchanges for young Europeans; contemporary artistic and cultural practices; cultural tourism and sustainable cultural development.

Through this Programme, the Council of Europe offers a model for transnational cultural and tourist management and fosters synergies between national, regional and local authorities and a wide range of associations and socio-economic actors.

In order to implement and develop the Programme, the European Institute of Cultural Routes (IEIC) was established in 1998 within the framework of a Political Agreement between the Council of Europe and the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg, which regulates the action of this institution in the 49 countries that are signatories to the Convention and, according to the geographical and historical necessity of the themes, in the countries that have had and still have direct relations with the European continent.





The welcoming in Rost in 2007


Stockfish along the river Brenta

Querini's memorial