DURING THE DAY I WORK IN THE FAMILY VINEYARD AND WINERY THE HOLDING OF FAMILY. IN THE EVENING I WEAR MY TRAIL RUNNING SHOES AND GO UP AND DOWN THE HILLS THAT ARE THE HOME OF PROSECCO. I HAVE ALWAYS LOVED RUNNING AND TODAY IT IS THE GREATEST PASSION OF MY LIFE. FIRST AMONG ITALIANS AT THE ULTRA-TRAIL DU MONT BLANC, I AM NOW A MEMBER OF THE ITALIAN NATIONAL TEAM. I OFTEN WEAR THE RIGHT CLOTHES AND JUST RUN TO WORK. THIRTY KILOMETERS IN TOTAL: A GOOD WORKOUT.
AS A CHILD, I DREAMED OF HAVING MY OWN FARM. IN MY TEENS I WORKED FOR SIX MONTHS A YEAR AT THE MESSNER MUSEUM, AMONG THE CLOUDS AND THE YAKS. WHEN I RETURNED DOWN IN THE VALLEY I DECIDED TO DO SOMETHING FOR MY CADORE; I BOUGHT THREE MOHAIR GOATS IN INTERNET. TODAY I HAVE TWENTY-FIVE GOATS, I SELL THEIR WOOL AND I'D LIKE TO SET UP AN EDUCATIONAL FARM. I DO EVERYTHING ON MY OWN, I HEAVE HAY BALES AROUND, MOVE THE FENCES AND CLEAN OUT THE GOAT SHED. MY WORKING DAYS ARE VERY TOUGH AND SO IS THE RIGHT CLOTHING TO HELP ME GET THROUGH THEM. I CERTAINLY WOULDN'T CHANGE MY LIFE FOR ANYTHING ELSE.
This mountain is a family passion, it's in our blood. My father's 77 yet he's still a guide, like my brother and me. Mount Etna is so alive, it evokes unique emotions. People from all over the world are stunned when I lead them up to the summit. Even I never stop being amazed and I love to photograph my mountain. In the winter I wrap up in my padded jacket to keep warm. At three thousand metres altitude you may have fire under your feet but the snow falling on your shoulders is pure ice!
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