In ancient French, the term “veillà” meant “vigil” and indicated long winter evenings spent in good company, chatting and performing small chores. Today the veillà are the festivals organized in many Val d’Aosta communities evoking the alpine life of the past. Every summer, at the foot of the Gran Paradiso, the Veillà of Cogne evokes the old crafts that used to be practised along the village streets: lace, wrought iron, tools and wood carvings, wheat threshing, wool spinning, milk processing and many others. And while the elders tell the old village legends and stories, you can enjoy all the delicious traditional products, such as mecoulin and Cogne cream. A great way to dive into the past of the ancient alpine valleys, a unique experience.