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Where Bitto Is Born

Published July 25th, 2014

Bitto cheese represents, without any doubt, one of the symbols of the dairy industry in Lombardy. This cheese of great tradition and perfect ripening is in fact deeply bound to its valleys. Its origins are rooted in Val Gerola and Val di Albaredo, two valleys in the province of Sondrio which were shaped by the stream that gives the name to the product. The cheese produced in these pasturelands, at an altitude between 1400 and 2000 m, maintains some special features. In order to exalt the quality of the cheese, the cattle breeders and dairymen make every effort to keep the traditional techniques alive. Moreover, they play an essential role in the conservation of the environment and of the alpine biodiversity.

First of all they arrange their pastures in rotation: during the three-month-pasture, the cattle are lead from the lowest to the highest halts through different stages. Along the way they find the traditional "Calecc" small and very old huts made of stone which can be moved from o ...

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