The ritual of the journey back from the mountain pastures

Cheerful, noisy and authentic. The Trentinodesmontegade are a tradition not to be missed

In the valleys of Trentino at the end of the summer, you can enjoy unique experiences in contact with animals: the desmontegade. The protagonists of the traditional walks downhill from the mountain summer pastures, rich in wild herbs, are cows, calves and goats that after spending three to four months of pastures high up in the mountains return to the valley where they will spend the winter in their stalls.

Every year for this jolly moment, cows, goats and all the animals that have spent their holidays on the mountain pastures are festively decorated with flowers, bows and bells whose sound announce their arrival in town.

The animals are accompanied by proud shepherds and dairymen wearing the traditional clothes of the festival and bringing with them the mountain cheeses. The return to the valley creates a cheerful atmosphere that bids farewell to the summer and welcomes the arrival of autumn. On these occasions you can also savour gourmet specialities and especially the cheeses and dairy products of Trentino.

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