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di Sant'Anna di Vinadio

    2035 m s.l.m.

    Closer to Heaven

    The Sanctuary of Sant'Anna di Vinadio is the second highest sanctuary in Europe, at 2035 meters high. It is located on the road from Vinadio up to the Lombarda hill, on a balcony from which you can see some of the most fascinating peaks of the Maritime Alps: Punta Maladecia, Testa Gias dei Laghi, Monte Aver, Cima della Lombarda.

    Dedicated to Saints Anna and Gioacchino, Mary's parents, the patronal feast is on July 26th.

    Il Santuario

    Oil on wood depicting the life of Sant'Anna - 1865 (detail)

    800 years of history

    From shelter to Sanctuary

    The Sanctuary was originally one of the many refuge-churches that the Church built between the 11th and 12th centuries near the Alpine villages to assist wayfarers. Initially it was dedicated to Maria Brasca. Legend has it that Saint Anne appeared to the young shepherdess Anna Bagnis to show her the place where to build it. In the place of the apparition, on the road leading to the pass of Sant'Anna about 500 metres from the Sanctuary, today stands a commemorative statue. In the first half of the 1400's the cult of Saint Anne spread in Piedmont.

    La Storia
    The places of the Sanctuary

    Huts and trekking

    The Sanctuary of Sant'Anna is the ideal place to enter unspoilt nature: between the Maritime and Cottian Alps there are dozens of routes suitable for all ages and all levels of training, from walks with children to climbing walls.

    Rifugi e escursioni

    Sviluppo a cura di ESABIT
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