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Towing of the Plough

Towing of the Plough in the Ortles Region

Every alternate year, at carnival time, there takes place one of the most peculiar events in the entire region; namely, the towing of the plough (Pfluagziachn).

This custom, involving an old 19th Century horse-drawn plough, is towed around the town by a horse and six oxen accompanied by a masked group of actors in an improvised spectacle involving mock arguments between opposite types of characters. Examples might be: young and old, men and women, homesteaders and nomads, landlords and serfs, secretive and public figures with even the female roles traditionally played by males.

Historical background
The carnivalesque Pfluagziachn in Stelvio is an old custom and, while traditional rowdy rituals banishing winter are commonplace in the Venosta Valley, the towing of the plough in Stelvio is different due to its decidedly theatrical characteristics. It resembles more of an interactive street parade recalling themes of the past in a theatrical comedy, parodying village life in a bygone world governed by traditions.
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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.