From dawn to dusk in an alpine dairy

Become a herder for a day

Picture the scene: a wooden house surrounded by meadows, nestled amid endless mountains, declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Add to the scene animals grazing free in flower-filled meadows and the lilt of their cowbells.

Imagine milk fresh from the cow, butter effused with the aromas of mountain herbs and guess the flavours of freshly prepared cheeses, while you listen herders telling stories of their lives.

Now picture yourself, perhaps with family or friends, awakening at dawn to open the stables and only retiring to bed when setting sun has dowsed all light from the sky.

Come and enjoy, at least for a day, the authentic experience of a Trentino alpine dairy.

Where? Choose your destination!

Sunrises in alpine dairies – Val di Fassa

Climb to high altitudes, fall asleep beneath the stars and, as soon as the alpenglow reappears at dawn, awaken amid the aromas of the timber of an authentic Ladin alpine dairy. A Dolomites breakfast awaits you which is as pure as milk and as tasty as the alpine flowers. From July to September, three unique events to experience the very heart of the alpine farming traditions within the Fassa Dolomites.

Sunrises in alpine dairies – Rendena

Every Saturday from 15 July to 26 August in Val Rendena you can wake up in an alpine dairy. As dawn breaks, you’ll participate in the first milking, the day-to-day work in the pastures and the making of dairy produce. It’s hard work for sure, but the flavour of the breakfast you'll enjoy will make you nostalgic for a childhood you never experienced.

Sunrise in an alpine dairy – Alpe Cimbra

In July and August, in Folgaria and Lavarone, you have three opportunities to experience first-hand the life of a real herder. Gather up the cows and milk them, make the cheese, take part in a guided trek and, of course, sample the products in the company of those who crafted them for you with their own hands.

Tovre Alpine Dairy – Paganella

From June to September, atop the Pradel plateau above Molveno, Leonardo, Barbara and their girls will offer you a warm welcome and give you numerous memorable experiences with their fantastic animals. The Sunrise in an Alpine Dairy Experience is your golden opportunity to gain a deep understanding of the family philosophy wholly dedicated to sustainability and animal welfare.

Published on 06/06/2023