'Dutch chimney sweep Ramon Vittali.'
Dutch chimney sweep Ramon Vittali, photographed in Malesco during the International Chimney Sweeps Gathering (Raduno Internazionale dello Spazzacamino) in Valle Vigezzo. Six generations back, in 1838, his forefather, a fourteen year old chimney sweep apprentice from Druogno, situated in the same Valle Vigezzo, walked all the way to Amsterdam, to work for another chimney sweep from Druogno. In 1844 he started his own company, which still exists and has become a modern, flourishing enterprise. Photo Paul Smit.