A hard road to Sant'Anna di Vinadio
Sant'Anna di Vinadio is a high mountain sanctuary dedicated to Sant’Anna and Gioacchino and to the parents of Mary, at an elevation of 2.000m (6,600ft) above the sea level, located in the Province of Cuneo in the Italian region Piedmont.
The road to the summit is paved. At 2,000m it’s the highest elevation place of Christian worship in Europe. The Sanctuary of Sant' Anna is constructed in the High Orgials Walloon lateral to the Stura of Demonte Valley (Cuneo, Italy) that from the village of Vinadio it leads to the Lombarda Hill. This road can be closed anytime when the access is not cleared of snow. The access road is accessible by all means of a length not exceeding 10 meters. The Sanctuary rises at beyond 2000 mts above sea level and can only be reached for little summery months.
To reach the summit, starting from Vinadio (at 900 mt): you have to face the ascent of 17 km and 1100 mt altitude, with a pleasing combination of bends, climbs and apparently flat ground. The drive is definitely worth it. Don’t forget your camera! When you see the Sanctuary, there will be the 3 hardest bends missing, with a peak of 20%. The road is very narrow.