Coming home
The return from the mountains pastures

Ever since ancient times to nowadays, more than in any other place, life in the mountains is marked by the passing of the seasons. If for peasants and farmers, summer is the starting season for shepherd’s huts and mountain pastures; the beginning of autumn is a happy time in which they go back home. They are happy, because every return is always a festive time. Shepherds and Alpine dairy farmers meet their loved ones again and go back to their true homes. While the animals, reinvigorated from a summer of freedom on pastureland, are now herds made by cattle (they were calves at the beginning of summer) which will allow their owners to have a comfortable winter. The end of the mountain pasture season is characterised by festivals which each town celebrates according to their customs and traditions. These often differ from each other but are always great opportunities to discover and experience the local community.