Transumanza in the Molise region of Italy

This time last year I was on my way to southern Italy for a photo assignment like no other – a 4 day cattle drive from the region of Puglia to neighbouring Molise, moving livestock from winter to summer pastures. An ancient tradition that lives on in many regions of Italy today, known as the ‘Transumanza’.

Transumanza, cattle drive molise italy, susan wright photographer

Cowboys, pilgrims, television crews, journalists and photographers from all over the world, joined in with Carmelina Colantuono and her family and their 300 head of cattle for the 110 mile long journey.

I participated in the last 2 days of the experience, which snaked it’s way through the picturesque, hilly terrain of Molise – transformed continuously by the early morning mists, dramatic thunderstorms, heavy downpours and crimson-infused sunsets.

If you would like to know more about this fascinating tradition of the Italian Transumanza, check out the on-line story in the New York Times, also with a selection of my photos from the shoot.

Visit my Italy Image Archive to view the full collection of images here.

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Susan Wright is an editorial, travel and lifestyle photographer, based in Italy

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