'Little chimney sweep in Malesco.'
During the International Chimney Sweeps Gathering (Raduno Internazionale dello Spazzacamino) in Valle Vigezzo you not only see real chimney sweeps but also people from the valley putting on traditional dress to celebrate the old days. Nowadays, as folklore, that past looks as if it was happy. But in reality Valle Vigezzo was extremely poor and many children (boys, not girls) had to leave home in winter to live the hard and hungry life of little chimney sweeps in the cities of the Po plain. Photo Paul Smit.