The belling of deer

WHERE Valdidentro
WHEN 15/09/2019 - 13/10/2019

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. 

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. 


In Alta Valtellina, especially in Valfurva and Valle del Gallo (lakes of Cancano - Valdidentro), many excursions are scheduled to hear the belling of deer. 

The Stelvio National Park organizes some excursions in Valfurva, of about 5 hours.
When: 28/29 September and 5/6 October
Prices: adults and children from 14 years: € 15,00 | children from 6 to 14 years old: € 6,00 | Special families (2 adults + children): € 30,00

Info and registrations: Tourist Office of Bormio (tel. +39 0342 903300 |

In Valle del Gallo (lakes of Cancano, Valdidentro) daily tours from September 15 to October 13 
Minimum number of participants: 5
Price: € 25

Info and registrations: Tourist Office of Valdidentro (tel. +39 0342 985331 |

The amazing Val Zebrù, in Valfurva, one of the ideal places where hearing the belling of deer