History, trails and great bread
The village of Vinca, in Tuscany, is located 800 meters above sea level between the peaks of Pizzo d 'Uccello, Monte Sagro and Cresta Garnerone, in the heart of the Regional Park of the Apuan Alps. The origins of the town have their roots in the fourteenth century.
Here you can still breathe an atmosphere of other times and life flows to the rhythm of the mountain, among vast pastures and chestnut groves from which chestnut flour is obtained. Di Vinca has also become famous the traditional bread, still kneaded by hand with flour and bran, leavened for 12 hours and then baked in a wood oven.
From Vinca there are numerous trails to explore the Apuan Alps and in the area there are also exciting climbing walls. Following the ancient mule track that leads to Aiola you will find the Oratory of Santa Maria della Neve. In the village discover the Church of Sant'Andrea, built in Romanesque times and rebuilt in the eighteenth century. The portal is in Pisan style, the altar is in polychrome marble and preserves a Virgin with a fifteenth-century Child.
Vinca also remembers one of the most tragic Nazi-fascist massacres in history that occurred on August 24, 1944: in retaliation against the partisans of the area, the SS slaughtered 142 inhabitants of the country, almost all women and children.