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    Tradition

    Folklore and crafts

Along the Balteo Way you will learn about local customs, handed down for generations, actual witnesses of farmer culture, linked to the seasons, the cycles of life, legends and religious devotion.

CRAFTS

The artisan tradition of the Aosta Valley is alive and handed down thanks to skilled hands that work wood and stone, wicker and leather. The artisans exhibit their works during animated fairs, which have always been occasions for celebration and meeting.

OBJECTS

The grolla

It is the best known artisan object of the Aosta Valley. It is a wine goblet with lid, carved out of wood, supported by a short stem that rises from a wide flat base foot. This peasant cup derives its name from the legendary holy grail.

THE CUP OF FRIENDSHIP

The cup derives from the grolla but is lower and more rounded, has spouts and generally has a lid sculpted in bunches. The cup is a symbol of friendship, from which to enjoy the “Aosta Valley coffee” with grappa, sugar and spices, served flamboyantly.

Main fairs

Craft/fairs/markets
Fiera di Sant'Orso a Donnas

Donnas | 16 January 2020 – 19 January 2020

Sant'Orso Fair in Donnas

Donnas

It has normally been held the third Sunday of January , in order to avoid overlapping with the one in Aosta, held 30th and 31st of the same month.

The events surrounding the Fair normally start Friday, with the Veillà, then on Saturday the town’s …

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Wooden toys

Aosta | 30 January 2022 – 31 January 2022

Sant'Orso fair

Aosta

Every year, on 30 and 31 January, artists and craftsmen from Valle d’Aosta proudly display their works along the streets of Aosta town centre.

In the Middle Ages, the Fair took place in the “Borgo di Aosta”, the area surrounding the Collegiate Church …

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Craft/fairs/markets

Aosta | Saturday 07 August 2021

Foire d'été

Aosta

The “Foire d’Eté” (Summer Fair) was started in 1969 to offer summer visitors to Valle d’Aosta an overview of local artisan production and an occasion for making purchases.

The exhibition includes around 600 exhibitors from the traditional sector – inlay …

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Craft/fairs/markets

Antey-Saint-André | Sunday 15 August 2021

Traditional Aosta Valley Crafts Fair

Antey-Saint-André

All along the streets of the village, every year, in the month of August, more than two hundred students, coming from all the Aosta Valley schools of wood sculpture, carving and turning and schools of stone pottery and wrought iron, proudly present the …

COWS, GOATS AND QUEENS

The Aosta Valley cattle breeds are particularly agile on mountain terrain, resistant to diseases and cold climate. The Red spotted cow breed produces a lot of milk while the other two breeds, the Black and the Brown, have a lively temperament that induces them to face each other in spring fights, not violent, to establish the hierarchy within the herd.

This innate behaviour of the cows is at the origin of the "battles of the Queens" (batailles de reines), popular throughout the region. The “Reines”, winners of the spring and summer selections, meet in October for the regional final, which takes place, with great public participation, at the "Croix Noire" arena in Aosta. The queen is decorated with the typical “bosquet”, a spruce branch enriched with flowers and ribbons.

Goats also face each other, in a similar way to that of cows, in the “bataille de tchevres”. The winners are awarded with the "tchambis", collars made of maple and walnut wood, inlaid by hand and equipped with the typical bell.

HISTORICAL CARNIVALS

In Verrès, the historic carnival evokes an episode of 1449 with the noble Catherine of Challant and her husband Pierre d'Introd as protagonists. The program is rich: presentation of the characters in the town square, costume parades, party in the castle.

The Pont-Saint-Martin carnival recalls the defeat of the Salassi, the local population, by the Romans, and grants the vanquished the possibility of a revenge in the "chariot race" but is also inspired by the legend of the "Nymph of Lys", the stream that crosses the town, and by a legend about the devil, whose effigy is hung on the arch of the imposing Roman bridge and burned on the evening of Shrove Tuesday.

In Saint-Vincent on the occasion of the children's carnival, for a week the town's government is entrusted to children, after a real election campaign among the pupils of the fifth grade.