Désarpa

The downhill slope of mountain pastures: tradition and cultural events

The end of the summer season is marked in Valle d'Aosta with a traditional occasion dear to the locals: la désarpa. After a long summer spent in the mountain pastures at high altitude, at the foot of the highest peaks in Europe, the cows come home to graze at the bottom of the valley.

Désarpa day traditionally coincides with the feast of St. Michael, so each year, on the 29 September, the moving of cattle represents an important moment in the life of breeders, as well as a day of celebration to share with everyone.

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Devétéya é Féra de Cogne - Cows parade and fair

Cogne   -   28 / 29 September 2019 Traditional celebrations and processions
Devétéya é Féra de Cogne - Cows parade and fair

The “Devétéya” is the return of the herds down from their summer pastures to the valley. The cows parade through the streets of the villaged, decorated with flowers.
The Fair of Cogne is…

La Dézarpa (cows parade)

Valtournenche   -   28 September 2019 Traditional celebrations and processions
La Dézarpa (cows parade)

Just like a curtain falls on the scene, the Dézarpa ideally closes the summer season in Breuil-Cervinia Valtournenche at the end of September; it is a custom that celebrates the return in the valle…

Le Dezarpe de Vertosan

Saint-Nicolas   -   5 October 2019 Traditional celebrations and processions
Le Dezarpe de Vertosan

A big celebration for the return of the herds down from their summer pastures to the valley.

Fëta di pomme (Apple Festival)

Gressan   -   6 October 2019 Wine and gourmet festivals
Fëta di pomme (Apple Festival)

During the Apple Festival in Gressan a jury of experts closely examines the appearance, integrity and size of the competing apples. Prizes are also given for the best cakes prepared for the occasion.

 
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