"Alpium Custos" / "Guardian of the Alps" was once one of the Alpini's mottos.
Dating back to 1872, the Italian army's mountain regiment is the world's oldest active mountain infantry corps.
The hat - called "bantam" - is the best known and most representative element of the troops' uniform. It is instantly recognisable from the long feather (about 25-30 cm) on the hat's left side, slightly tilted back. Rigorously raven and black for the troops, eagle and brown for non-commissioned officers and lower officers and white goose for senior officers and generals.
Every year, the second week of May, Alpini from all corners of the country gather together in a chosen city. This is a moment of camaraderie, memories, folk dances and grand celebration.