The Colle del Piccolo San Bernardo is an alpine pass, at 2,188 meters above sea level, that connects the valley of La Thuile, in Valle d 'Aosta, with the Haute-Tarantaise, in France.
A convivial occasion of ancient origins, the Féte des Bergers – the festival of shepherds - recalls the exchange of goods and livestock between the people of the two slopes of the Colle del Piccolo San Bernardo, especially between the shepherds of the Aosta Valley and Savoy. It is still a very heartfelt event, attracting thousands of people from Italy and France.
The morning Mass, celebrated in both languages, is followed by the parade of folk groups performing in traditional songs and dances.
Stalls of typical objects and food and wine products dot the meadows around the Cromlech and tents set up for the occasion offer the opportunity to have lunch tasting local dishes.
Take advantage of the event to enjoy the views of the Colle del Piccolo San Bernardo and to discover its millennial history, visit the Chanousia Alpine Botanical Garden and make a stop at nearby Lake Verney.