A ritual return from the mountain pastures

Fun, loud and genuine. In Trentino, the "desmontegada", or the traditional droving of grazing livestock down from the mountain pastures, is an unforgettable experience

AUTUMN 2019 - The first thing you hear is the clanging of cowbells in the distance. Then come the voices of the “malgari”, or cowherds, intent on driving theirs herds down into town. Soon this lively mountain spectacle comes into view: cows, calves and goats, all festively decorated with flowers and colourful bows, boisterously announcing their return to the valley after a summer spent in the high mountain pastures.

The general merry-making rubs off on everyone, even the “malgari” don their traditional clothes and proudly carry wheels of mountain cheese, the result of a season’s labour.  Their return to the valley creates a cheerful and festive atmosphere, wishing farewell to the summer and welcoming the arrival of autumn.

Once this lively parade has passed, stick around and try the tasty country specialities, the undisputed protagonists of the party. There’s no better way to truly soak up this experience!

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Published on 08/07/2019