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Longobard Ways across Europe

The Route rebuilds the geographic and cultural itinerary of the great migration of the Longobard people – between 1st and 11th century AD – along the central axis of Europe, from the Northern Seas to Niedersachsen and Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, to Bohemia and Moravia, Slovakia, Hungary, Austria, and Slovenia as far as Italy, Croatia and Switzerland.

The geographic aspect matches with the cultural aspect of the evolutionary phases of the Longobard Culture: from the phase of resident farmers, to the one of nomad warriors; from the development of its noble classes, to the foundation and the end of the Longobard Kingdom of Italy (568-774), to the development of the Longobard Princedoms in Southern Italy that lived autonomously until the Normans conquered Salerno (1076).

A route that - as today recognised at a scientific level - led the Longobard culture when it reached its climax to be the first foundation of the European Culture, then developed by the Carolingians. Indeed, through the contribution of Catholicism, the Longobard Culture operated the first synthesis between German cultures and traditions, classic Greek-Roman culture and Byzantine-eastern as well as Slavic influences.

Members of the network: Italy, Germany, Slovenia, Hungary, Switzerland

Coordination: Associazione Longobardia