CHIMNEY SWEEPERS IN VAL VIGEZZO
the beginning of September and for 4 days, Val Vigezzo
becomes the fatherland of the chimney sweepers. In fact the International meeting
of all people who made (and still make) this unpleasant job, is hold: a lot
of chimney-sweepers coming from all around Europe have met for 17 years in S.
Maria Maggiore, Malesco and recently also in Villette.
Figura 22- Some chimney sweepers
all dressed in black on a stone roof
These festival days aim to keep alive a traditional job.
cleaning demonstration and the parade with the tools are very interesting.
Figura 23- Preserving the memory of the past
Another very important thing is the Chimney Sweepers’ Museum, placed in Santa
Maria Maggiore. We find here the typical tools of this job like: the rasp, the
street-sweeper, the headgear, the brush, etc.
Figura 24- Chimney sweepers’ tools
inhabitants, who often obtained poor products from the soil, were obliged to
emigrate to France, Germany, Belgium... working as chimney sweepers.
Above all, the children practised this job and most of them were far from the
family at the age of six or seven.
There were a lot of cases of sickness, injuries and death in the children’s