Enjoy Valtellina bresaola Delicious, healthy cured beef, guaranteed by PGI marking, compliant with strict production rules and regulations and respect for tradition. Taste PGI apples from Valtellina, Golden Delicious, Red Delicious and Gala, excellent products with all the characteristics of mountain apples: crunchy, fragrant, aromatic and juicy. Discover the flavour of Bitto cheese, with all the aroma of mountain grass or savour Valtellina Casera cheese, a semi-fat dairy product with ancient tradition.
Come to Alta Valtellina to hear the belling of deer in love. We often identify spring, with its reawakening of nature, as the season of love. While this may be true for humans, it is definitely not the case for deer. In fact, it is only at the end of summer that bucks find time for love, displaying their attractiveness and vigour to the females in the herd. Every year in Valtellina, between late September and early October, the forests echo with the uniquely intense and evocative belling of deer.
A TOTALLY MASCULINE CHALLENGE
Bucks live together in small groups throughout the entire year. But when autumn arrives, they spontaneously separate to later meet up and challenge one another, to the sound of belling. The buck that is most successful at intimidating the other suiters with his cry has first choice of females. In the event that his bell alone is not enough to scare off his rival, the bucks will lock antlers, pushing with force in an attempt to defeat one another.
THE SPECTACLE OF THE COURTING RITUAL IN STELVIO NATIONAL PARK
While enjoying a walk in the enchanting forests of Valtellina, it is easy to hear the belling of deer up to several kilometres away. Visitors are also likely to encounter an adult deer, since bucks are bolder during the mating season and sometimes allow humans to approach them. To witness this incredible spectacle of nature, Stelvio National Park organizes fascinating excursions for nature lovers and casual visitors along the Val Zebrù, accompanied by park guides.
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