'Dutch chimney sweeps Mark Schurer and Ramon Vittali in Villette.'
Dutch chimney sweep Ramon Vittali, at right, photographed in Villette during the International Chimney Sweeps Gathering (Raduno Internazionale dello Spazzacamino) in Valle Vigezzo with his colleague Mark Schurer. Six generations back, in 1838, Ramon's 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 Dutch enterprise. Photo Paul Smit.