It is often said that age is not just a personal data, and that it matters more how you live it. We take the ladies and gentlemen in these photos, who continue to prefer their activities to retirement for many years, all very special. Guido, the 74-year-old ceramist who sells objects heated in the oven at 1,200 degrees in his shop in the Ticino area; the pastry chefs Gabriele and Antonia of the historic Via Orti, masters in creating good sweets with little sugar; Francesco, the herbalist, who prepares herbal teas in the shop opened by his father in 1952, a year after his birth, and which is one of the first of its kind in the city. The couple from via Donizetti, Giorgio and Elfriede which collects, restores and sells vintage toys: many pieces have been exhibited in exhibitions and museums. Or Lino, the owner of the only stall that survived the restyling of Piazza Oberdan. Each of these over seventies stands out from the many peers still busy running their shops. Like Franca Re Dionigi, which sells very common light bulbs, but from the top of its 92 springs it should be considered the dean of the category: it has been behind the counter every weekday since the 1940s. Also complaining, because the City does not renew the rent. Maybe age is really what it feels like.
November 21, 2021 | 10:20
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