Between the valleys of the town of Fivizzano, in the shadow of the high and sharp peaks of the Apuan Alps, is set like a precious pearl inside a glittering ring, the village of Vinca. A little gem of beauty and nature, made up of picturesque landscapes and breathtaking views. Around the reality, so much green, Pizzo d’Uccello, the Cresta Garnerone and Monte Sagro, which together form the backdrop to a truly unique and impressive scenery. This is the last inhabited center remained in the valley, surrounded by large chestnut woods. The scenic effect is really something to see in person. Difficult to describe the emotions you feel once you get to the village, looking around and feeling wrapped in this stunning natural embrace. Always the inhabitants were devoted to rural life, custodians of the land thanks to the culture of the chestnut. The atmosphere inside the small streets of the village is the same that of time. Its characteristics have remained unchanged, leaving intact the style of the houses and unchanged rhythms of life, what it once was.
Thanks to its strategic location, it was the perfect hideout for persecuted people from the waves of barbarians who came around 1260. Was they people who started the peasant and rural life, entrusting their fate to the many natural resources found in this corner of paradise. Only a terrible wave of the Black Death was able to break the idyllic atmosphere that reigned here. Almost the entire population died. Only a small group of people survived, in all thirteen. It was they who give life again to this mountain village, staying in the so-called Casa dei Tredici, helping with each other to recreate life in this part of Lunigiana.
But the past was not very kind with Vinca. In the summer of 1944 in fact, at the end of the Second World War, was the scene as many other neighboring countries, a terrible carnage Nazi, by troops of the Sixteenth Battalion of the SS that scattered valleys of Apuane of terror and blood. There were 174 victims in the village of Vinca, for most women, elderly and children. In memory of those tragic events there is a monument placed in the cemetery of the village and a Memorial Day, organized every year by the municipality.
About Vinca there are also beautiful and good things. Like its bread, the Vinca Bread, famous throughout the territory of Lunigiana. At appearance is dark and round, baked in a wood oven and mixed with bran and flour produced in the mill of Arlia. A truly unique product, combined with local meats, Lardo di Colonnata or foods that is well matched to its special taste.
A treasure chest of culture and history, that today it present to you in all its entirety, in the heart of the Regional Park of the Apuan Alps, between lush vegetation, animals, and about two hundred residents who are now adjusted to the rhythm of life, in love of scenery around them, protected by the safe control exercised by the high peaks of nature.
Source: Trame di Lunigiana