Italy: Chimney Sweeps Festival in Valle Vigezzo - paulsmit
'Little chimney sweeps in Santa Maria Maggiore.'

Little chimney sweeps on the balconies of the town hall of Santa Maria Maggiore during the International Chimney Sweeps Gathering (Raduno Internazionale dello Spazzacamino) in Valle Vigezzo. Nowadays, as folklore, they look cute. But in the past 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.