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Klosn

The Ortles Region’s Annual Klosn Procession

The Ritual of Noise in Stelvio at the Foot of King Ortles

Santa Claus parades are a rich tradition all over South Tyrol, and take place every year on 6 December on the feast day of St. Nicholas. The processions of white-robed saints are preceded by a wild commotion, which begins actually the day before, because on 5 December, the “devils”, or so-called Krampus, get up to their mischief.

On the other hand, every valley and village has its own way of celebrating this archaic noise ritual. Some of the finest and most ancient traditions can be found in the Venosta Valley, namely the Klosn in Stelvio/Stilfs.

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Welcome to the Ortles holiday region
Hiking in the Stelvio National Park, partake of winter sports on glacial areas beneath impressive Alpine peaks or ride your bike along the Roman trade route Via Claudia Augusta. Relax in small villages and peaceful valleys with amiable hosts. Discover numerous cultural sites and the unique culinary delights of Venosta Valley.