Transhumance is an ancestral practice in which agricultural activities are in tune with the rhythm of the seasons. In this touching festival, the inhabitants of the valleys welcome the return of the herds from higher summer pastures. At the end of September, before the arrival of the harsh mountain climate, the herds return to lower plains, to the barns that will shelter them for the winter.
The cows are adorned with bells and embroidered vestments and they are welcomed by both locals and visitors who gather on the sides of the road to see the herds and take part in the various events organized for the occasion. This is a fantastic way to allow local habits and traditions to live on in a festive atmosphere.
Breakfast at the hotel and departure to Bolzano. Meeting with the local guide and visit of the city center: the beautiful Gothic Cathedral and its bell tower, the Walther Square, the Via dei Portici, the Church of Gries. Lunch at the restaurant. In the afternoon, visit of Bressanone and the Abbey of Novacella.
The Augustinian convent houses a very famous cellar where it is possible to taste wine. Return to the hotel, dinner and overnight.
Breakfast at the hotel and departure to Val Isarco, to attend one of the most suggestive Transhumance Festivities in Italian Tyrol, the Transumanza Maranza.
The arrival of cows and other animals from the beautiful pastures of Val Altafossa is scheduled between 12:00 and 13:00, followed by a toast to celebrate the return, as part of the great peasant festival.
Free lunch. Return to your hotel for dinner and accommodation.