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Lake Avernus Vineyards 17
Rampa I Averno, 80078 Pozzuoli, Naples, Italy
By Piero Castellano
16 Sep 2014

Pozzuoli (Italy): An extremely old grapevine loaded with grapes of the Falanghina variety in one of the Lake Avernus vineyards. The volcanic soil on the lake's banks is sandy and very rich in sulfur, so the plants survived the "Phylloxera Plague" and do not need to be grafted on American vines, growing much older than the commonly grafted ones. The average age of Lake Avernus vineyards' plants is 50 years, but some are more than 150 years old. (Photo by Piero Castellano)

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Rampa I Averno, 80078 Pozzuoli, Naples, Italy
By Piero Castellano
16 Sep 2014

Pozzuoli (Italy): Umberto Guardascione, owner of the Guardascione Historical Vineyard, in the Lake Avernus crater, in his ancient cellar. He sells a portion of his grapes to the Mirabellas, but he also makes his own wine that he sells unbottled to locals. His banqueting facility is called "Il Canneto dell'Averno", "The Avernus Rushes". (Photo by Piero Castellano)

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Rampa I Averno, 80078 Pozzuoli, Naples, Italy
By Piero Castellano
15 Sep 2014

Pozzuoli (Italy): The vineyards on the banks of Lake Avernus, with the crater rim reflecting on the water surface. The crater is part of the natural park "Parco Regionale dei Campi Flegrei" and it's a very important green area for locals and wildlife. (Photo by Piero Castellano)

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Milan
By GC
31 Aug 2014

Milan (Italy) 2/5/2015 Street Vigna:
A problem of many italian cities shows an eloquent sign in the Centre of Milan, in Via Vigna where it is for years that you can't educate dog owners to collect bins in their droppings.
Sign says:
If you see a dog poop beacuse it's been a dog with a shit.

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GAY PRIDE MILAN 28 JUNE 2014
Milan
By charlenepele
28 Jun 2014

Milan’s Gay Pride parade saw over fifty thousand people walking on the street for gay, lesbian and diversity rights this year.

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hearts of zimbabwe 17
Harare, Zimbabwe
By Giovanni Diffidenti
10 Jun 2014

Joe Machipisa, 17, and Perseverance Kambanje, 16 (with the blue cap) in Mutoko at the Luisa Guidotti Hospital, after a blood test.

The boys are drawing blood for follow up checks after both receiving treatment for their congenital heart conditions in Italy.

Follow ups are an ongoing, costly, but necessary process needed to help ensure the ultimate success of the surgeries.

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Harare, Zimbabwe
By Giovanni Diffidenti
09 Jun 2014

Dr. Massimo Migani, Medical Superintendent and Dental Surgeon treats a patient with a dental problem at the Luisa Guidotti Mission Hospital in Mutoko. Zimbabwe.

Dr Massimo Migani helps with the coordination of the activities and relationships among stakeholders involved implementing the heart surgery exchange program with Italy.

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Harare, Zimbabwe
By Giovanni Diffidenti
09 Jun 2014

Dr Massimo Migani, Medical Superintendent (left), Marilena Pesaresi, former Medical Superintendent now Hospital Executive Advisory Member (centre), and Lucia Grassi, catholic lay missionary, meet at the Luisa Guidotti Mission Hospital, in Mutoko. Zimbabwe.

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Milan
By GC
09 Jun 2014

Milan (italy) 2/5/2015 Piazza Castello:
The Expogate Welcome Center for tourists it is one of the most disputed by milanesi and costing 6 million euros.

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Harare, Zimbabwe
By Giovanni Diffidenti
05 Jun 2014

Douglas Mudavanhu, 3, with his mother Yennifer in the village of Manyonga, in the Goromonzi District.

Douglas was operated on in 2013 at the Sant’Orsola-Malpighi Hospital in Bologna because of a complex congenital heart disease (Atrioventricular canal, interventricular defect and atrioventricular block). He now has a pacemaker and needs to do follow ups twice a year.

Douglas will need to return to Italy in the future so doctors can assess his current pacemaker and consider a possible substitute. The village where he lives is isolated, but there is hope for him to go to school in the future. Douglas' father, Edmore, has a farm and he makes sure his son eats fresh vegetables all year round and a sufficient amount of protein by raising chickens.

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Harare, Zimbabwe
By Giovanni Diffidenti
05 Jun 2014

Tanatswa Oliver Chikomwe, 7, with his friend Fana in Mabyuko, in a suburb of Hahare.

Tanatswa was operated on in 2012 at the Sant’Orsola-Malpighi Hospital in Bologna (condition: severe aortic insufficiency and impaired left ventricular function. Aortic valve replacement).

While the operation was successful, he will probably have to undergo a second operation and will require follow-up appointments every two years.

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Harare, Zimbabwe
By Giovanni Diffidenti
05 Jun 2014

Christopher Chirinda, 7, outside his house in the city of Ruwa.

Operated on in 2007 while he was only four months old, Christopher had a successful surgery that treated his congenital heart defect. The surgery was performed at the Sant’Orsola-Malpighi Hospital in Bologna. He will require follow up every three years.

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Harare, Zimbabwe
By Giovanni Diffidenti
05 Jun 2014

Melody Mutero, 17 years old, in the village of Muchatuta, Goromonzi District.

Melody was operated in October 2013 at the Sant’Orsola-Malpighi Hospital in Bologna. 4 months in Italy.

Melody takes part in the I.N.R. program and has two check-ups per year. In the distant future she will have to change the replacement valve she was given in her initial surgery.

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hearts of zimbabwe 04
Harare, Zimbabwe
By Giovanni Diffidenti
04 Jun 2014

Tadiwa Kataza, 10, in his bedroom in Takudzwa, Chinhoyi city.

Tidiwa was operated on in 2011 at the Sant’Orsola-Malpighi Hospital in Bologna (where he stayed a total of seven months. Condition: congenital heart disease, Tetralogy of Fallot).

He underwent two other operations in 2012, one at the Ceccharini Hospital in Riccione, and the other at the Infermi Hospital in Rimini.

In total, Tadiwa lost a year of schooling to the operations. However, all of his major health problems were resolved successfully. Once a year, he returns to the Luisa Guidotti Hospital for follow-ups on his heart and eyes.

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Harare, Zimbabwe
By Giovanni Diffidenti
04 Jun 2014

Dylon Mberemgwa, 4, with his collection of toys in the Murombedzi District.

Operated on in 2012 at the Hesperia Hospital in Modena, his surgery was sponsored by the Provincial Administration of Emilia Romagna (3 and a half months in Italy).

He lives partly in the neighborhood of the police station where his mother works, and partly in their house in the village. The family is very resourceful: they perform various farming tasks, raising different kinds of animals and cultivating various plants. Dylon lives with his brothers and parents.

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Harare, Zimbabwe
By Giovanni Diffidenti
03 Jun 2014

Tariro Johan Kangoni, 4, in Harare.

Teriro was operated on in April 2011 at the Sant’Orsola-Malpighi Hospital in Bologna (3-4 months in Italy). He suffered from a congenital heart disease, known as patent Botallo ductus arteriosus.

He requires follow up every two years.

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Harare, Zimbabwe
By Giovanni Diffidenti
03 Jun 2014

Salvador Bones, 7, in Harare, doing cartwheels with his brother Sinclair.

Salvador was operated on in 2011 at the Sant’Orsola-Malpighi Hospital in Bologna (Condition: Congenital cardiopathy, Tetralogy of Fallot).

Salvador's condition made him too weak to walk because he had such a low saturation of oxygen in his bloodstream. Both of his parents are unemployed and the family is supported by his grandmother. However, the surgery provided in Italy means that Salvador is now able to live an active and relatively normal life.

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Harare, Zimbabwe
By Giovanni Diffidenti
03 Jun 2014

Tanaka Matengarufu, 9, in her room in Harare.

Operated on in 2012 at the Sant’Orsola-Malpighi Hospital in Bologna, Tanaka spent 6 months in Italy. She suffered from a complex circulatory illness that inflamed her arteries. She required Angioplasty among other specialized treatments.

Tanaka still has high blood pressure and requires specific ongoing medical therapy and in all probability, more invasive surgeries.

The family (with four children) survives only on the father's wage earned from selling phone charge cards (on average he sells 100 per day with a profit of 8 cents per sale).

Current medical therapy is only able to continue through external help. They share a house built in an illegal zone that is at risk of being demolished.

Tanaka's stay in Italy meant that her sister, 12 years old, missed a year of school looking after her little brother. Her sister had to take over the responsibility from her mother, who was accompanying Tanaka on her trip to Italy.

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Harare, Zimbabwe
By Giovanni Diffidenti
02 Jun 2014

Bradley Matavire, 6, on a neighbor's swing in the city of Chitungwiza.

Operated on in 2011, at the Hesperia Hospital in Modena (Condition: interventricular defect), his surgery was sponsored by the Provincial Administration of Emilia Romagna.

An only child, Bradley lives with his father, his father's new wife, and his maternal grandmother. His father is the only breadwinner.

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Harare, Zimbabwe
By Giovanni Diffidenti
02 Jun 2014

Ruth Mugambiza, 5, with her favorite teddy bear in the city of Chitungwiza.

Ruth was operated on in March 2010, at the Sant’Orsola-Malpighi Hospital in Bologna (3-4 months in Italy) due an interventricular defect (congenital heart disease). She requires follow-up every three years.

She has two older brothers and her father works selling handicrafts.

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Harare, Zimbabwe
By Giovanni Diffidenti
01 Jun 2014

Diana Chiwara, 16, in front of the Mutoko All Souls Mission and school.

Diana was operated on in 2012 at the Niguarda Hospital in Milan. (Procedure: Substitution of the mitral valve with mechanical prosthesis)

Diana is taking part in the I.N.R. program (with monthly monitoring of her blood and medicine). As well as the I.N.R. program, she also has two check-ups per year. She comes from Harare, but she chose the school at All Souls because it is closer to the hospital.

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Harare, Zimbabwe
By Giovanni Diffidenti
01 Jun 2014

Elvis Antonio Nashu, 17, in front of a former tobacco kiln at his village of Maramba, Murewa district.

Elvis was operated on in September 2005 at the Sant’Orsola-Malpighi Hospital in Bologna.

While the operation was successful, Elvis suffers from respiratory failure, which needs to be kept under control for at least four to five years. As an orphan, he lives with his grandmother and two maternal aunts. He lives in a very isolated village. He sleeps in a room also used as a granary.

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Heart of Africa: Saving Zimbabwe's Ch...
Harare, Zimbabwe
By Giovanni Diffidenti
31 May 2014

Elvis was the first to be operated. Born with heart disease, Elvis had scarce hopes for survival in his own country – Zimbabwe. In 2005, at only 8 years old, he made a trip to Italy with newfound hope. His destination was Sant’Orsola-Malpighi Hospital in Bologna.  A team of specialized surgeons was waiting for him at the pediatric cardiology unit. The operation was successful and Elvis was saved. After a few weeks rest in hospital, he returned to Zimbabwe.

Nine years later, in June 2014, photographer Giovanni Diffidenti left for Zimbabwe with the aim of meeting Elvis, now 17, and other children like him born with heart disease and saved/rescued by the intervention of a cardiology unit in Italy. To meet them, Diffidenti traveled deep in the Zimbabwean countryside, to impoverished villages lacking proper medical facilities. 

Despite the hard living conditions the children find themselves in, these images transmit a serenity that shows in their facial expressions and smiles. These children were once quite sick before their operation, without energy and destined to slowly die. They now live a normal childhood and adolescence full of energy and dreams of the future. Happy to have their photograph taken, revealing something personal of their character, tastes and sometimes their dreams. The children’s surgery was part of the “Save the Children’s Heart” program, which is an initiative by the Italian “Mission Bambini” Foundation (www.missionbambini.org). The program has rescued more than 1,000 children with heart disease from developing countries.

This objective was attained thanks to the work of voluntary Italian doctors organized abroad and equipment and machinery donated to local hospitals. In Zimbabwe, the Foundation collaborates with the “Luisa Guidotti” Hospital situated in Mutoko (200km east of the capital Harare), which is run by Italian doctor Maria Elena Pesaresi.

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Harare, Zimbabwe
By Giovanni Diffidenti
31 May 2014

Evidence Katyio (left), 19, with her friend Marvelous Maremera, 14, in the village of Chapfika, Mutoko District.

Operated on in 2002 at the age of 7, at the Sant’Orsola-Malpighi Hospital in Bologna, Evidence had a valve replaced in her heart. She underwent a second operation in 2013 at the same hospital.

Evidence lives at her father's friend's place to go to school. Her village is 40 km away. Re-integration after her trip to Italy was problematic as she had gotten used to the material comforts of life in Italy.

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Harare, Zimbabwe
By Giovanni Diffidenti
31 May 2014

Godfrey Nyumbu, 17, in the village of Kachara, Mudzi District.

Operated on in March 2013 at the Sant’Orsola-Malpighi Hospital of Bologna, Godfrey will need follow-ups every year.

Re-integration after the trip to Italy was problematic. He had difficulty readjusting after the material comforts of Italy. The last of eight children, he travels 1km daily to go to school.

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Harare, Zimbabwe
By Giovanni Diffidenti
31 May 2014

Lucia Grassi, a catholic lay missionary from the diocese of Rimini, Italy, plays with a group of orphans at Luisa Guidotti Mission Hospital in Mutoko. Zimbabwe.

Lucia is the person who facilitates the beurocratic part of the project between Italian and Zimbabwean embassies. She arranges visas for Zimbabwean children and their families who travel to Italy for heart surgery.

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Eyes Wide Shut Masks
Venice, Italy
By Filippo Biagianti
23 May 2014

Rialto, Venice. In a short but remarkable workshop, in 1985 Franco Cecamore has created two original masks for the Venice Carnival. Twelve years later, a man with white coloured men's clothing, came to that shop: the man was Jan Harlan, executive producer of one of the last movies directed by Stanley Kubrick. He visited "Il Canovaccio" in order to buy several masks. One of them would be used by Kubrick in his last masterpiece "Eyes Wide Shut" for the character of Dr. Bill Harford, played by Tom Cruise. This documentary is the incredible and unknown story behind the creation of the most important masks of "Eyes Wide Shut." The artisans of this typical Italian product say that the origin of the art makes it a unique product. Original documents, photographs and the description of the meeting with the Kubrick's production make this the story we tell in our film.

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Torture of prisoner in Bosleem Prison...
tripoli, Libya
By mchreyteh
17 May 2014

A selected portion of video clip that appears to show an unidentified prisoner being shocked by a taser device by Libyan interrogators in Bosleem Prison in May 2011.

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Torture of prisoner in Bosleem Prison...
tripoli
By mchreyteh
17 May 2014

A selected portion of video clip that appears to show an unidentified prisoner being wiped by Libyan interrogators in Bosleem Prison in May 2011.

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Torture of prisoner in Bosleem Prison...
tripoli
By mchreyteh
17 May 2014

A selected portion of video clip that appears to show an unidentified prisoner being kicked and shocked with a taser device by Libyan interrogators in Bosleem Prison in May 2011.

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MMA Fighters
Milan
By Riccardo Mantero
03 May 2014

A series of MMA fighters shots, preview quality.

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Milan
By GC
03 May 2014

Milan (italy) 2/5/2015 Bridge Bussa:
A violin player of the street rest in shade below with her dog in Bridge Bussa in the neighborhood Island, after a day of work.

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Milan
By Riccardo Mantero
03 May 2014

Some actions from "Milano in the cage 2014" event.

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Milan
By Riccardo Mantero
03 May 2014

Some actions from "Milano in the cage 2014" event.

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Milan
By Riccardo Mantero
03 May 2014

Some actions from "Milano in the cage 2014" event.

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Milan
By Riccardo Mantero
03 May 2014

Some actions from "Milano in the cage 2014" event.

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Milan
By Riccardo Mantero
03 May 2014

Some actions from "Milano in the cage 2014" event.

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Milan
By Riccardo Mantero
03 May 2014

Some actions from "Milano in the cage 2014" event.

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Milan
By Riccardo Mantero
03 May 2014

Some actions from "Milano in the cage 2014" event.

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Milan
By Riccardo Mantero
03 May 2014

Some actions from "Milano in the cage 2014" event.